The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner is Katy Bourne OBE, who was re-elected on 5 May 2016.
Katy Bourne was raised and schooled in Sussex before graduating from Aberystwyth University. She still lives in mid-Sussex, is married to Kevin and has two adult sons. She was a successful business woman before entering politics and retains a keen interest in innovative business start-ups especially green technologies.
Katy is in her second term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex. She was first elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016, when she more than doubled her majority.
The PCC’s role is to hold the Chief Constable of Sussex Police to account for the performance of the Force, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.
Katy is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. This includes setting the police budget 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 and crime reduction grants.
Katy brings a genuine passion and commitment to make a difference and her work to support victims of crime has won her praise from successive Home Secretaries and Prime Ministers. Katy was also nationally recognised for founding the award-winning Sussex Youth Commission in 2013 and the Sussex Elders’ Commission in 2015.
Katy is a former Director of the Board of the College of Policing and former advisor to the editorial board of the Guardian Public Leaders Network. She is currently Chair of the Sussex Criminal Justice Board; Chair and National Spokesperson of the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners Digital Policing & Technology Portfolio; and former Chair and a non-Exec Director of the national Police ICT Company.
In June 2019 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, and in July 2019 she was elected Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.
Salary, expenses & register of interests
Salary: As agreed on 13 September 2018, the Government has increased the PCC salary bands by 2% (backdated to 1 May 2018). This is the first increase since PCC's took office in 2012.
The PCC is paid an annual salary of £86,700.
Expenses: Guidance on PCC expenses were released by the Home Office on 1 August 2018 and can be found here.
Expenses claimed by the Chief Constable and his Chief Officers are published here. You can also find a record of gifts and hospitality offered to Sussex Police, including the Chief Constable and his Chief Officers, here.
About the PCC role
In consultation with the Chief Constable, the PCC has set a four year Police & Crime Plan which sets out the priorities for policing in Sussex.
As well as ensuring that the Chief Constable responds to local priorities the PCC will contribute to national policing issues as set out in the Home Secretary’s Strategic Policing Requirement.
The Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner
Events, meetings and speaking engagements
The PCC has several engagement programmes which run throughout the year. To find out more about them, and to see which events are coming up soon please click here. Please click the same link if you'd like to invite the Commissioner to one of your own events.
A list of meetings and speaking engagements which the Commissioner will be attending can be found here. Please note that many of these are private meetings.
The PCC’s weekly email newsletter contains a snapshot of her forthcoming meetings and events as well as a round up of news and views from the week.
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Ensuring value for money
Together with the Chief Constable, the PCC holds a shared responsibility for providing effective financial and budget planning. In consultation with the Chief Constable they will set the budget for the forthcoming year.
The Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC) will also hold funds to commission services including community safety initiatives, support for victims of crime, and restorative justice services, among other areas.
Being held to account
The PCC is ultimately responsible to you, the Sussex electorate, for their performance in office. However, Parliament has decided that PCC activity will be scrutinised by a Police & Crime Panel set up in each police force area.
Working in partnership
The PCC works with a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector partners, to deliver against the priorities within the Police & Crime Plan.