Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate Katy Bourne is asking people across Sussex to share their views on crime and policing.
Katy, who hopes to be the county’s first commissioner after elections in November, is carrying out a series of public meetings and walkabouts to ensure she can meet as many residents as possible over the coming weeks.
The Mid Sussex District Councillor was with Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd for a tour around Hastings town centre on Saturday morning. She later joined stall holders for the afternoon at Haywards Heath Town Day, close to the home she shares with her husband and grown up sons in nearby Ansty.
Other events include:
- Saturday 15 September – Horsham – a walkabout in the town centre with MP Francis Maude between 10am and 3pm.
- Tuesday 18 September – East Grinstead – a public meeting at the Town Hall between 7pm and 8.30pm.
- Tuesday 25 September – Billingshurst – a public meeting at the Community and Conference Centre in Roman Way between 7pm and 8.30pm.
- Tuesday 2 October – Rye – a public meeting at Rye Community Centre in Conduit Hill, between 7pm and 8.30pm.
- Friday 5 October – Chichester – meeting customers at the Farmers Market in the city centre between 9am and 3pm.
Further opportunities to talk to Katy will be announced over the coming weeks.
The meetings I’ve had so far have been invaluable in helping me to understand how people view crime and policing in their local areas. I’m really looking forward to seeing as many residents as possible in the run up to the elections in November.
The role of Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has been introduced to bring democratic accountability to England’s policing.
The PCC will replace the existing police authority and has a larger remit, which includes community safety and crime prevention. All residents on the electoral roll can vote for their chosen candidate for this key position on November 15 and Katy has been selected to represent the Conservative Party in Sussex.
My absolute priority is to ensure we are all ‘Safer in Sussex’ by cutting crime and catching more criminals. I intend to put victims back at the heart of the Criminal Justice System, tackle anti-social behaviour and domestic violence, and ensure residents can see value for money from our police force.
I want visible and effective policing in every neighbourhood, so meeting residents to hear their views is vital.
Katy’s nomination has been warmly welcomed. Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd said:
I am confident that Katy will make an excellent Police and Crime Commissioner and will be a strong voice for Sussex. It is important that residents across Sussex take part in the election on the 15th November. The Government has given these important powers to a directly accountable public figure so it is in everyone’s interest to have their say on the direction and future of crime prevention in Sussex.
Mike Weatherley MP for Hove & Portslade said:
Katy’s dynamic approach, extensive broad experience and tenacious drive will make her a formidable champion for the people of Sussex