This week has marked the official launch of Sussex Police’s new Specialist Enforcement Unit (SEU) and the last cohort of the 129 extra officers promised from the Government’s Op Uplift programme are now out on our streets working hard to keep us safer.
The SEU is a mix of highly trained police officers and detectives with the ability to identify, intercept and apprehend offenders as they travel and to investigate serious crimes through to conviction.
During one of their first jobs they seized £10,000 worth of cocaine, £20,000 cash and safeguarded a 16-year-old involved in county lines drug dealing. Read more here.
This team and our new Op Uplift officers out on patrol are already making a huge impact and I look forward to seeing them in action when it is safe to do so.
Sussex Police is taking action to prevent dog theft as prices for pets soar during lockdown. While reports to the police in Sussex do not appear to be showing an upward trend in this area, you only have to look on social media to know that dog theft is a concern for residents.
Officers have issued helpful advice on keeping your dogs safe and how to report thefts or suspicious activity. Read more here.
"I know that the impact of these crimes is devastating, leaving an unbearable sense of loss", says Sussex Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne OBE.
"The Chief Constable has assured me your concerns will be taken seriously and all information will feed into vital community intelligence to disrupt any criminal activity", she adds..