Katy Bourne re-elected as Sussex Police Crime Commissioner

Katy Bourne has been re-elected as the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner for another term of office.

She will serve for a period of three years (as opposed to the normal four-year term) following the postponement of the election, initially planned for May 2020, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The election, which saw a rise in turnout to 36%, went to a second count with Mrs Bourne running against Labour’s candidate Paul Richards.

Mrs Bourne said: “I’m extremely honoured to be serving Sussex communities for another term in office. It is a responsibility that I take very seriously and I’m looking forward to getting back to work and delivering on the priorities that I know matter to the people of Sussex.”

PCCs are responsible for the policing budget and ensuring Chief Constables provide effective and efficient police services. Mrs Bourne holds the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the police force, effectively making the police answerable to the communities it serves.

The Commissioner is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. She 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.

Mrs Bourne has pledged to continue to work with Chief Constable Shiner to address the public’s priorities set out in the Police & Crime Plan: “We will make sure that Sussex Police addresses the Government’s new policing measures to tackle homicide, serious violence, drug supply, neighbourhood violence and cybercrime, as well as continuing to recruit even more police officers to increase frontline policing. “Locally, I will also drive a relentless focus on tackling anti-social behaviour; on business crime and rural crime – including pet theft; on making the roads safer for residents; supporting even more victims of crime; and working with partners to reduce re-offending.

“I remain committed to delivering for all Sussex residents and making sure their concerns and ideas are heard and articulated. The listening starts this week as my programme of consultations has launched with parishes and districts, followed by county-wide surveys and focus groups addressing specific local issues.”

The total number of valid votes for the two candidates who went through to the second round were 244,810 for Katy Bourne and 128,259 for Paul Richards respectively.