Community Conversations were a series of district and community focused events that combine the Commissioner’s formal “introduction” of the new Chief Constable, Giles York, to members of the public along with lively debate and presentations on their joint vision for policing in Sussex.
These events set the context for policing in Sussex and, most importantly, provided an opportunity for residents to pose questions about topical issues directly to the Police & Crime Commissioner, the Chief Constable, and local Divisional Commanders.
Brighton & Hove: The first Community Conversation took place on Monday 6 October at Hove Town Hall. The event included a debate chaired by The Argus editor, Michael Beard, and the panel included Mr York, Mrs Bourne and Brighton & Hove Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent, Nev Kemp. Topics discussed included burglary, road safety, anti-social behaviour, protests, and public satisfaction in the police. The debate was broadcast live online.
East Sussex: The second Community Conversation took place on 9 December at the Winter Garden in Eastbourne. Joining the PCC and Chief Constable was East Sussex Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent, Neil Honnor and special guest Christina Ewbank, Chief Executive of Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce, who represented the interests of the local business community. Herald Group Editor, Keith Ridley, took questions from the floor and a wide variety of topics were discussed by the panellists including street drinking, ‘visible’ policing, and protecting our ports and borders.
A vlog captured at the event can be viewed on our PCC TV Channel.
West Sussex: Over 70 people attended the third Community Conversation at The Council House in Chichester on 1 April. A lively public debate was chaired by Editor in Chief of the Chichester Observer, Gary Shipton. Topics raised ranged from concerns about planned changes to local policing in Sussex, issues around radicalisation, telephone scams and protecting vulnerable children. Parts of the Q&A session were filmed by the Chichester Observer and posted on their website. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TalkSussex.
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