Live webcast for police and crime panel meeting

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THE first meeting of Sussex Police and Crime Panel is to be broadcast live online.

Panel members will hold to account the newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner for East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton and Hove, Katy Bourne, who takes office tomorrow.

In her new role Mrs Bourne is replacing Sussex Police Authority which until now has held the purse strings for the force.

Until now there has been a shadow Police and Crime Panel, chaired by West Sussex county councillor, Brad Watson OBE.

From Monday it will lose its ‘shadow’ status and the panel – comprising 15 councillors and two independent members – will start work.

Mr Watson said: ‘For many months we have been doing a lot of work before ‘going live’ and we are delighted we can now begin officially.

‘We will be holding the new commissioner to account, to ensure public accountability and transparency.

‘However our first job will be to appoint a chairman and vice-chairman of the panel until next June. Then both post holders will be chosen annually by members.’

The new commissioner will be invited to attend the first meeting to outline her vision for the controversial new role.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held at East Sussex County Council at County Hall, Lewes at 10.30am on Monday.

To view the live broadcast visit http://www.eastsussex.public-i.tv/site/.