Tuesday 18th September
News and appeals
Save a life, surrender your knife: Sussex Police supports national knife crime campaign
Sussex Police together with other forces are supporting Operation Sceptre – a national knife crime campaign which aims to reduce the number of people, especially young people, carrying a weapon.
Officers will be undertaking proactive activities across the county and encouraging knife owners to give up their blades anonymously as part of a national initiative to tackle knife crime.
Assistant Chief Constable Nick May said: “We are pleased to give our support to this national initiative once again. Members of the public will be able to hand over knives safely and anonymously at any Sussex Police front office, a list of our police stations can be found here, and in turn remove these weapons from our streets.
“Our message to those who carry a knife or thinking of carrying a knife is that it does not protect you and in fact it makes you more vulnerable and places you in danger of serious harm.
“We want to reassure the public that we do not have an escalating knife problem here in Sussex however it is essential we keep on top of this issue and that’s what makes our participation in Operation Sceptre so important. One knife is one knife too many.”
To enable knife owners to give up their weapons safely and without fear of prosecution, knife bins are located at police stations across Sussex from 17-24 September.
In addition to the amnesty bins, officers will be attending local schools, making test purchases and performing proactive patrols across the county.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (SPCC) Katy Bourne gave her backing today to Operation Sceptre, as Sussex joins forces across the country urging young people in particular to hand in knives they may be carrying or thinking of carrying on the streets.
Katy Bourne said: "There are only a handful of recognised and legitimate reasons for carrying knives in public and 'protecting yourself' from somebody else who may be carrying a knife is not one of them.
“If you are caught carrying a knife it could well mean the end of your career ambitions and a long prison sentence, and if knives are drawn in anger or even just bravado it can mean life changing wounds or worse.
“Operation Sceptre is giving people the chance to surrender unnecessary and illegally held knives, so make the right choice today: lose the knife not a life.“
Anyone with information on knife crime should call 101 or report online. In an emergency always dial 999.
Seventy new officers join Sussex Police
Seventy new police officers joined Sussex Police on Monday (10 September), the largest intake in more than ten years.
The recruitment to local teams has been made possible by this year’s rise in council tax.
Chief Constable Giles York said: "This intake marks a transformational moment for Sussex police as we see a significant number of new people joining our organisation.
"Since the 12% council tax increase from 1 April, the recruitment teams have worked hard, resulting in 140 new constables, 70 being recruited in this round, with a further 108 to start with us by the end of March 2019.
"The new intake is part of our drive to recruit 800 in the next four years, leading to an overall increase of 200 officers by 2022.
"In addition to the new police officers, this month we have 34 new PCSOs starting with us too, taking us to 215. We had planned to recruit up to our 196 PCSO strength, but have been able to increase our complement by nearly ten per cent more than we initially budgeted for.
"Next month, there will be more police staff investigators and contact handlers joining us. Overall Sussex Police is welcoming 150 new officers and staff by the end of October."
The new round of recruitment of police officers, which sees double the usual intake, is good news for communities as they see local policing being strengthened.
After 15 weeks of intensive training, the new recruits will be seen out in the community with their tutors just before Christmas.
Mr York said: "I warmly welcome the new recruits to Sussex Police, where they will bring new skills and different life experiences.
"I wish them every success with their initial training. I know they will find it demanding, effective and fulfilling. Before they know it, they will be working in our communities where they are most needed making a difference, preventing crime and tackling community issues with partner agencies and communities."
Commenting on the latest recruitment, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I want to thank local taxpayers across our county for helping Sussex Police invest in the recruitment of 70 new police officers this week.
"This is just the start of an exciting, four-year recruitment drive that will add 200 more officers to our current numbers. It gives reassurance to residents that Sussex Police values our neighbourhoods and sends criminals a strong message that they won’t get an easy ride in Sussex.
"I really look forward to welcoming the first cohort of new officers and following their training and deployment as they acquire the unique skills and experience that makes police officers so valued by local communities.”
Rewind: Our new campaign promotes stop and search powers
A new campaign has been launched to help make understanding stop and search laws more simple.
Stop and search legislation can be complicated which is why we’ve introduced the Rewind campaign to simplify it.
We will be working with year 6 pupils in primary schools across Sussex to educate young people on why and when the power is used.
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Police warning as telephone fraudsters net tens of thousands across Sussex
Police are reminding Sussex residents, especially the elderly, to stay on the alert for bogus phone calls and visitors after a number of cases over the last month.
In each case residents have received phone calls from someone purporting to be from their bank or from the Metropolitan Police, either saying that there were problems with their credit or debit card accounts or that they were investigating a case of fraud.
In some cases, the caller has claimed to come from Barclays Bank asking if the victim banks with them. When this is confirmed, they are asked to phone customer service with the number on the rear of their card, but the phone is not disconnected, a second person 'answers' and the victim is fooled into believing that they are talking to their bank, being persuaded to reveal PIN verification and other details and ultimately handing over their bank cards to a false courier.
Thousands of pounds have been withdrawn in Worthing, Shoreham and Hove recently.
A couple from Goring were defrauded out of more than £8000 by a man claiming to be from Santander Bank, who said he was trying to protect their money from fraud by a bank employee.
PC Bernadette Lawrie, the Sussex Police financial abuse safeguarding officer said: "Remember, your bank or the police or any other organisation will ever ask for your PIN or bank card – do not give them to anybody!"
Click here for further advice and information on preventing this type of fraud.
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Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.
Reference: 0991 11th September
Location: Warner Road, Broadwater
Date and time: On 30th September
Details: An insecure flat was entered and money was stolen.
Reference: 0634 12th September
Location: Arlington Avenue, Goring by Sea
Date and time: Between 10th and 11th September
Details: Property entered and tools stolen.
Reference: 0170 14th September
Location: Forest Road, Broadwater
Date and time: Approx. 0400hrs 14th September
Details: Male entered through an insecure back door, nothing stolen.
Reference: 1477 15th September
Location: Wadhurst Drive, Worthing
Date and time: Time frame unknown
Details: Rear door was broken and jewellery stolen from a property.
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0403 16th September
Location: Lincett Avenue, Worthing
Date and time: Between 1530hrs 15th September and 1020hrs 16th September
Details: Lock broken off garage door and pedal cycles stolen.
Bike Marking Saturday 22nd September between 10 am and 4pm Montague Place Worthing
Representatives from Adur and Worthing Neighbourhood Watch will be offering free bike marking
All welcome come along and register your bike. ID will be required.
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