Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

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Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner
Katy Bourne

since 21 November 2012
Police and crime commissioner of Sussex Police
Reports toSussex Police and Crime Panel
AppointerElectorate of Sussex
(East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton and Hove)
Term lengthFour years
Constituting instrumentPolice Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011
PrecursorSussex Police Authority
Inaugural holderKaty Bourne
Formation21 November 2012
DeputyDeputy Police and Crime Commissioner

The Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner is the police and crime commissioner, an elected official tasked with setting out the way crime is tackled by Sussex Police in the English County of Sussex. The post was created on 21 November 2012, following an election held on 15 November 2012, and replaced the Sussex Police Authority. The current commissioner is Conservative Party politician Katy Bourne OBE who was re-elected in May 2016. The police and crime commissioner is required to produce a strategic Sussex Police and Crime Plan, setting out the priorities for Sussex Police, and their work is scrutinised by the Sussex Police and Crime Panel.

The post was the first to be elected on a Sussex-wide basis since 1832 when the Sussex parliamentary constituency was replaced by constituencies for Sussex's eastern and western divisions.


The Police and Crime Commissioner is elected by the supplementary vote method for a fixed term of four years, although the inaugural term of the post was for three and a half years.


The inaugural election took place on 21 November 2012 and was won by Katy Bourne. Voter turnout was low at 15.82 per cent.[1]

Sussex Commissioner election, 2012 [2][3][4]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Conservative Katy Bourne 59,635 32% 20,393 80,028
Labour Godfrey Daniel 40,765 22% 14,837 55,602
Independent Ian Chisnall 38,930 21%
UKIP Tony Armstrong 29,327 15%
Liberal Democrat David Rogers 20,579 11%
Turnout 189,236 15.3%
Rejected ballots 5,982
Total votes 195,218
Conservative win


Katy Bourne won re-election after second preference votes were counted, with Michael Jones coming second. Voter turnout was higher than in 2012 at 22.56 per cent. The central count was held at the East Sussex National Golf Course near Uckfield.[5]

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner election, 2016
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Conservative Katy Bourne 114,570 41.78% 24,765 139,335
Labour Michael Jones 61,017 22.25% 25,375 86,392
UKIP Patrick Lowe 43,075 15.71%
Liberal Democrat James Walsh 29,550 10.77%
Green James Doyle 26,038 9.49%
Turnout 274,250 22.54%
Rejected ballots
Total votes
Registered electors
Conservative hold

Katy Bourne OBE[edit]

Katy Bourne was raised and schooled in Sussex before graduating from Aberystwyth University. She still lives in mid-Sussex and is married and has two adult sons. She was a successful business woman before entering politics and retains a keen interest in innovative business start-ups especially green technologies.

Katy Bourne is in her second term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex. She was first elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. The PCC’s role is to hold the Chief Constable of Sussex Police to account for the performance of the Force, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.

Mrs Bourne is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. This includes setting the police budget and local police precept – the amount residents pay for policing in their council tax. She also 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 has worked on the development of 'live' link facilities that would allow police officers to give evidence in court cases from police stations, saving time and money.[6]

Mrs Bourne is a former Director of the Board of the College of Policing and is currently Chair of the Sussex Criminal Justice Board. She is also Chair and National Spokesperson of the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners Digital Policing & Technology Portfolio; and Chair and a non-Exec Director of the national Police ICT Company.

Mrs Bourne is known for her work to support victims of crime - and stalking in particular - which has been praised by recent Home Secretaries and Prime Ministers. Mrs Bourne was also nationally recognised for founding the award-winning Sussex Youth Commission in 2013 .[7] and the Sussex Elders’ Commission in 2015. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2019.

See also[edit]




About the Sussex PCC:

Sign up to PCC newsletter here:

Early Intervention Youth Programme "Reboot":

Annual Report:

Police accountability and performance:

The Sussex Police & Crime Panel:

  1. ^ "Improved Turnout at this Year's Sussex PCC Election". Bexhill Observer. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner election results". Brighton and Hove City Council. 17 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Sussex PCC election: Conservative Katy Bourne wins vote". BBC News. 17 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Election Result". Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner. 16 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Improved Turnout at this Year's Sussex PCC Election". Bexhill Observer. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  6. ^ Shaw, Danny (26 April 2016). "Police chiefs: What impact have PCCs made?". BBC. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  7. ^ Millard, Rachel (28 September 2015). "Young People and Police Need to Get on Better, Commission Finds". The Argus. Retrieved 9 May 2016.