Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

Sussex residents elected Katy Bourne as their Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) on 15 November 2012. Katy will represent you for policing for the next four years.

The PCC replaces the Sussex Police Authority, and takes on wider responsibility for policing and crime in the area. It makes policing more accountable by making your views heard through an elected representative.

The new PCC will have an impact on community safety in our area, to find out more about community safety in East Sussex visit the Safe in East Sussex website.

PCC responsibilities

  • hiring (and firing) the Chief Constable
  • producing a policing and crime plan for Sussex
  • setting the Sussex Police share of council tax, and the annual force budget
  • attending the Police and Crime Panel
  • attending other community safety forums
  • direct engagement with the public
  • considering national policing requirements (such as counter-terrorism).

Police and Crime Panel meetings

The Sussex Police and Crime Panel look at the Crime Commissioner's performance and make recommendations. The panel is made up of members from each of the 15 local authorities in Sussex and meets at least four times a year.