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Sussex Police Commissioner Katy Bourne takes up post

By rfowler73  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

Katy Bourne, Sussex's first Police Commissioner

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The new Sussex police and crime commissioner (PCC) KatyBourne has been sworn in to her role after winning the election that took placelast Friday in a ceremony close to Sussex Police HQ in Lewes.

Conservative candidate Katy Bourne was elected as Sussex'sfirst PCC beating the Labour candidate Godfrey Daniel into second place. In theelection, Ms Bourne received 59,635 first preference votes, 31 per cent of thetotal, compared to 40,765 for Mr Daniel.

She got 20,393 second preference votes, compared to MrDaniel's 14,837 giving her a total of 80,028 against a total of 55,602 for hermain rival.

However, the turnout for the election was just 15.82 percent.

The role gives Ms Bourne the power to hold chief constablesto account and hire and fire them. She will also be in charge of setting policepriorities and budgets.

At the conclusion of her swearing-in ceremony, Ms Bournesaid: "I am absolutely delighted and extremely honoured to be elected to thisposition and I look forward to serving the people of Sussex to the best of myability."

Ms Bourne said that tacking anti-social behaviour is hermain priority and that there will be an increase in the number of specialconstables. She wants one to be in every village in Sussex.

Ms Bourne said: "It's another way of using resourcesmore effectively, but also it's a way of increasing frontline policing andbringing more diversity into the community."

Her other main aims from her manifesto are to catch morecriminals and reduce crime, to put the victim back at the heart of the criminaljustice system and to deliver value for money from the police force.

Ms Bourne said: "The politics of the campaign arebehind us now, and it's important to get on with the job."

Following the ceremony Ms Bourne began her £85,000 a yearrole by meeting chief constable Martin Richards.

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