Katy Bourne

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner

The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner is Katy Bourne, who was re-elected on 5 May 2016.

As the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne is responsible for policing and crime in its totality across the county.

Katy's role is to hold the Chief Constable of Sussex Police to account for the performance of the police force, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.

She 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.

Katy is Chair of the Sussex Criminal JusticeShe is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police via the Police and Crime Plan. This includes setting the police budget (£260 million) 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.

Katy is Chair of the Sussex Criminal Justice Board and Chair of the Police ICT Company since 2016. In 2015, she was appointed as an advisor to the editorial board of the Guardian Public Leaders Network and was a Director of the Board of the College of Policing (2013-2018).

She is a graduate of Aberystwyth University and is married with two sons. She was a successful business woman before entering politics and retains a keen interest in innovative business start-ups including green technologies.