Katy Bourne was first elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex in November 2012, effectively to hold the Chief Constable of Sussex Police to account for the performance of the force, making the police answerable to the communities they serve.
She is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police via the police and crime plan. This includes setting the police budget (£250 million) and local police precept (the amount residents pay for policing in their council tax).
She also has a statutory duty to commission support services for victims of crime and to deliver community safety initiatives, including Restorative Justice.
She is a Director of the Board of the national College of Policing and Chair of the Sussex Criminal Justice Board. In 2015, she was appointed as an adviser to the editorial board of The Guardian Public Leaders Network.
She is a graduate of Aberystwyth University and has been a school governor at Oriel High, Crawley since 2008.
Katy is married with two grown-up sons and she lives in Mid Sussex.