PCC Katy Bourne to give ‘children and the police’ evidence


Sussex police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne has been invited to give oral evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children inquiry on ‘Children and the Police’.

The evidence session will be held on Tuesday November 5 from 4.30 to 6.00pm in Committee Room 4A of the House of Lords.

The theme of the evidence session is ‘developing good relationships between children and young people and the police’ and Mrs Bourne will provide opening remarks on how she listens to and works with children and young people in Sussex, including examples of good practice used by Sussex Police and recommendations on how the police could improve engagement.

Commenting ahead of the evidence session Mrs Bourne said: “My policies will undoubtedly have a major impact on young people – whether that’s through their experience of the police or how safe they feel in their community. Young people are just as likely to be victims of crime as they are to become involved in criminal activity.

“Sussex Police engages effectively with schools through its ‘Inspire’ programme, which helps to educate young people in identifying and managing risk so they can make safer choices. I have recently had an opportunity to see this programme in action in several local schools and was pleased to see how it helps young people to interact positively with police officers.

“Since I was elected, I have also met with members of local Youth Councils and Cabinets to discuss strategies for reaching young people. One recommendation was joint consultation with these groups across Sussex as a way of capturing young people’s views on policing and crime. I will continue to work with them to ensure their voices are heard and that all young people in Sussex feel safer in their communities.”

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Children inquiry has been launched to explore the police’s relationships with children and young people, how they seek to engage with them, and children and young people’s views of the police. The inquiry will focus on children and young people’s personal experiences of engaging with the police and will also consider how the police interact with other services including education, social care and child protection.