NEWLY elected Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has started to draw up her Police and Crime Plan for 2013.
Katy was voted in by the public in November in an election which saw just a 15 percent turn-out and no candidate gaining more than 50 percent of the vote.
She said: “I am now one month into my new role as Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner and I have certainly had to hit the ground running.
“I am pleased to have already met with a huge variety of people from the public to partners and the police.
“Some people have questioned how one person can do all this or if I am going to be working full time.
“To this I say I am absolutely working full-time in my role as PCC and I have a small team of people supporting me, who transferred over from the previous Police Authority’s administration.
There has also been much comment on the election turnout but we have to remember that although some people may have stayed away from the polls, almost 200,000 people made their mark in this historic election - and that told me that they care about policing and crime in Sussex.
“My success as PCC will depend on my understanding of Sussex and you, its residents, and shaping the police force accordingly. I want you to know I am an accessible Commissioner and a strong voice for local people in the fight against crime.
With this in mind I want to know your priorities - what matters to you and what I can do to make you feel Safer in Sussex. I will be attending street surgeries over the coming months so I can meet as many local people as possible but in the meantime you can contact me via my website www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk.