This week our Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner attended a socially-distanced attestation ceremony for 76 new police officers for the county.
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It was a privilege to meet them and watch as they begin their careers by swearing an oath to protect.
The ceremony, which was live streamed for family and friends, is one of many that will take place across the year as Sussex Police continues to recruit additional police officers to further increase police visibility in our towns and villages as well as have boots on the ground to tackle all the unseen work that officers do in protecting the most vulnerable.
I’m looking forward to seeing them in action as Sussex Police continues to drive forward positive change throughout our county.
Providing reassurance to rural residents
It is important to me that all people across Sussex feel safe, including those living in our more rural areas. I hear from speaking with residents of the consequences that rural crime has not only on our wildlife but on people’s livelihoods and their basic rights to feel safe at work and at home.
Following the precept increase in 2020, we were able to establish our Rural Crime Team to tackle crime in more isolated communities and they have been busy ever since.
Earlier this week, the Rural Crime Team arrested a man as part of their investigation into a series of deliberately set barn fires in early November at farm locations in Beddingham, Alfriston, Tarring Neville and Litlington.
It is great to see our specifically trained and designed Rural Crime Team in action, providing residents with more confidence that crimes in their communities are never ignored.