Monday saw the launch of Sussex Police’s latest round of officer recruitment.
This recruitment drive will see more officers working where they are needed most - in our communities. The public deserve the very best police force and I am confident that we will attract high calibre candidates who will serve all our communities well.
We have promised residents of Sussex 250 extra officers by 2023 and only last week I met another cohort (pictured) who will be joining their colleagues out on the beat in just 3 days. If you you know someone who has what it takes to keep Sussex safe then please encourage them to apply here.
In a recent poll on my website 44% of those who voted told me that their biggest concern relating to anti-social behaviour was driving inconsiderately. During this month's Performance & Accountability Meeting (today) I asked senior officers for assurances that they are tackling those who persistently break the law on our roads.
Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner commented: “Sadly, a lot of collisions are as a result of anti-social driving and this remains a real priority for us. From the Precept rise we have invested money into roads policing and in particular the serious crash investigation unit. We are also really proactive about enabling the public to report incidents of anti-social driving using Op Crackdown. This has proved very effective in building an intelligence picture for us to use during targeted roads policing campaigns."
The Office for National Statistics has reported Sussex as the area with the highest risk of cash transfers linked to fake romances. This does not surprise me because we know that criminal gangs deliberately target our older residents as they may have substantial savings or be seen to be more trusting.
Sadly, when a possible victim is identified their details are often shared with other criminals and so they are at risk of being re-targeted. This is why I fund two fraud case workers in Sussex who helped and supported 638 people last year alone. Ensuring that those who fall victim to this heinous crime are offered invaluable emotional support as well as practical advice when it is most needed.
Katy Bourne OBE
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner