Tory Sussex PCC Katy â€˜putting a â€˜Special Constableâ€™ in every rural villageâ€™ Bourne has neglected to include a key election pledge in her policing plan for the county.
Guess what that key promise was? It was putting a â€˜Special Constableâ€™ in every rural village to re-connect the public with their â€˜local Bobbyâ€™ .
Ms Bourne, who was elected in November, put her first police and crime plan before local councillors on Friday.
“It is a very aspirational document but I can’t see any measurable outcome,” said Lib Dem councillor Andrew Smith.
“It was a clear manifesto pledge by the commissioner to increase the number of specials from our current number of 356 to 500 but there is no reference to that in the plan.”
Ms Bourne told the police & crime panel, set up to oversee her decisions, that she did not give a figure for the number of special constables who would be recruited in her manifesto.
In classic ‘Yes, Prime Minster’ persona, Bourne told councillors “It depends on how you define a village.”
Bourne is also said to be investigating the effect of loud police sirens on public confidence in the police, because the sound gives an impression of Sussex as a ‘high crime’ county. My advice on this issue? Don’t forget to speak to the fire service and the ambulance trust.
Oh, and she will need to provide legal cover at the coroner’s court when a police driver kills someone on a blue light run, because they didn’t hear us coming!