An update on police recruitment from the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne OBE ...

As part of my ongoing programme of consultation with residents, my office organised two focus groups this week in Uckfield and Midhurst. All participants were keen to discuss issues including police visibility, anti-social behaviour (ASB) and the 101 non emergency number.

A Chief Inspector was present at both groups to answer questions and explain about the change programme underway at the Force’s contact centre in Lewes and how ASB is being tackled in local communities.

At the Uckfield event, District Commander Anita Turner praised the town council and neighbourhood watch for their efforts to help the police tackle ASB. She also said: “We are deploying formal orders and sanctions alongside Youth Offending Teams to reduce the levels of repeat ASB in the identified hotspot areas. Some of the young people known to be engaging in this type of behaviour have already been referred through the PCC’s REBOOT programme. This will see us working with partners and their families to curb their behaviour before we see them entering into higher risk criminality.”

To attend a future focus group or enquire about holding one in your area please click here.

On Wednesday I attended a formal attestation ceremony in Uckfield to watch 72 police officers sworn into Sussex Police. This is a huge milestone in their lives and I met many proud family members and friends who were there to support them.

Local policing matters and this is why the Force is currently recruiting. By 2023, Sussex Police will have 250 more police officers, 100 extra police community support officers and 50 additional specialist staff - this is above what we currently have. These numbers form part of the largest police recruitment drive that Sussex has seen in 10 years.

They are all about to embark on 15 weeks of training before providing the visible policing presence that the public have been calling for.

In April, the Home Office allocated £1.3m to Sussex Police to target serious violence. £390k of this funding has now been allocated to my office to expand our REBOOT programme, which has already seen over 200 referrals of vulnerable young people. 

As part of this expansion, I have partnered with Crimestoppers charity to recruit three Fearless Outreach Workers. They will engage with 11-16-year olds, from across Sussex, to increase their awareness of knife crime, street crime and child sexual exploitation.

Glenys Balchin, Surrey and Sussex Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, commented on the role: “If successful you would work with young people in a variety of settings including schools and youth groups delivering age-appropriate workshops.  So, we are looking for people who are dynamic, passionate and have a natural ability to engage with young people.”

If you have a background of working with young people or you know someone who may be interested, please do apply for one of these unique and impactful roles.

For more information or to apply click here. Applications close on 18th July.