Katy Bourne has been re-elected as the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner for a further four year term of office.
The election, which saw a rise in turnout to 23%, went to a second count with Mrs Bourne running against Labour’s candidate Michael Jones.
The total number of valid votes for the two candidates who went through to the second round were 139,335 and 86,392 respectively.
Mrs Bourne holds the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the police force, effectively making the police answerable to the communities it serves.
The Commissioner is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. She has a statutory duty to commission support services for victims of crime and to deliver community safety initiatives including restorative justice and crime reduction grants.
Mrs Bourne said:
I’m extremely honoured. It’s a responsible role that I take seriously so I’m looking forward to getting back to work to continue to deliver on the priorities that matter to people in Sussex.