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Sussex PCC to set up Youth Commission

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has announced her intention to establish a Youth Commission in Sussex.

The aim is to create a system for consultation between young people and the PCC.

Recruitment is now open for a representative group of young people (aged 14-25 years old) from across the county who are interested in becoming a member of the Youth Commission.

The deadline for paper applications is Friday 20 December and phone interviews will then take place in January.

The Youth Commission will provide a platform for young people to support, inform and challenge me on the Police & Crime Plan. I want to ensure that young people's views are represented when key decisions are made and that they are involved in this process.

– Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner

Complaints to be reviewed by new PCC appointee

Allan Johns has been appointed as the new independent adjudicator for Wilts Credit: Wiltshire Police

Allan Johns, who lives in the north of the county, has been appointed on a part time basis. If a member of the public makes a complaint to Wiltshire Police and is not satisfied with the way the Force has decided to deal with it they have the right to appeal that decision.

Mr Johns will review these complaint appeals and determining whether the findings and actions by Wiltshire Police should stand or be changed. This was previously carried out by the national Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which now only deals with a very limited number of appeals.

Allan Johns is an emeritus professor at The University of Bath. He has experience in reviewing complaints and appeals as he was chairman of Wiltshire Police Authority's Professional Standards Committee for four years.


PCCs sworn in today, despite low votes

Poor turnout for PCC elections Credit: ITV Meridian

The new Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) will take office today, replacing the Police Authorities.

The PCCs were elected last Friday and will oversee the work of their police forces, set the budget and have the power to hire and fire the chief constable.

Many of the commissions were elected despite poor turnouts in the region, some as low as 10%.