Katy Bourne OBE elected chair of Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

Katy Bourne OBE

Katy Bourne OBE

Katy Bourne OBE, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex, has been elected as the new chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting. Now in her second term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex, Bourne 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 for whom they serve. Bourne is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police and Crime Plan. This includes setting the police budget and local police precept (ie 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 deliver community safety initiatives (including restorative justice and crime reduction grants).

Bourne was nationally recognised for founding the award-winning Sussex Youth Commission in 2013 and the Sussex Elders’ Commission in 2015.

Bourne graduated from Aberystwyth University and was a successful business woman before entering politics and, indeed, retains a keen interest in innovative business start-ups (especially green technologies).

Bourne 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’s currently chair of the Sussex Criminal Justice Board, chair and national spokesperson of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners’ Digital Policing and Technology Portfolio and chair and a non-executive director of the national Police ICT Company.

Bourne was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June this year.

Commenting on her appointment, Bourne stated: “I am delighted to be able to take on this role. I will not waste a moment over the next year to raise the profile and influence of PCCs for the benefit of not only police officers and staff, but also our communities across England and Wales.”

Bourne added: “The work thaat I want to drive forward over the next year falls into a number of key areas: supporting our people (ie police officers and staff), building public confidence and their consent to be policed, channelling innovation for an agile response to crime trends and threats and developing a whole-systems approach towards the criminal justice system.”

In conclusion, Bourne observed: “Ultimately, our work is about making a real difference through articulating the concerns of real people and ensuring that our police forces make our communities safer.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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