My police commissioner role is full-time

I am now more than two weeks into my new role as Sussex Police & 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. I have also begun to look at the budget for next year and have started to draft my Police & Crime Plan.

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.

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.

I want residents to know I am an accessible commissioner and a strong voice for local people in the fight against crime. With this in mind and as I set about drafting the policing budget and the Police & Crime Plan I want your readers to tell me their priorities - what matters to them and what I can do to make people 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 I can also be contacted via, by email or on 01273 481561.

KATY BOURNE, Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex.