Elders’ Commission to advise on police and crime issues

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner has launched the UK’s first Elders’ Commission to enable older residents in Sussex to influence the future of policing in the county.

Katie Bourne Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

Katie Bourne Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner said:

The Sussex Elders’ Commission is an opportunity for older residents to support, challenge and inform my work as Police and Crime Commissioner.

I want to hear from local people aged 60 plus who have been affected by crimes including financial coercion and other forms of abuse.  I also want to hear from people who are worried about crime especially anti-social behaviour.  Commission members could have direct experiences of the police and justice system or you may have innovative ideas about community safety and suggestions for improving policing services.

We are building on the successful model of the Sussex Youth Commission which is enabling young people to get involved and influence the future of policing in the county. Youth Commission members are now working with dedicated teams of Sussex police officers to implement recommendations that arose from 2000 conversations with young people last year.

Sussex Elders’ Commission members will participate in around five discussions or workshops starting in March this year and running through to September.  Members will work in small groups to focus on specific issues, such as anti-social behaviour, bullying & financial coercion, fear of crime and scams.

Mrs Bourne added:

Elders’ Commission members will be encouraged to use their own contacts and networks to reach out across Sussex via a series of conversations and workshops.

Commission members will decide on four or five strands to explore through further conversations and research, leading to a series of recommendations to be presented to me and the Chief Constable in the autumn.”

We want to recruit Commission members aged 60 or over who have an interest in how their communities are policed and who understand some of the biggest concerns of their peers.

The closing date for applications is Monday 16 February, so if you are interested in becoming a member please complete the application form on the PCC website or contact her office direct on 01273 481 561.

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