18 September 2018
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. Read more here.
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. Read more here.
Meet the new PCs
Meet some of our new recruits from the largest intake in more than 10 years.
All 70 of them, double the usual intake, attended a formal swearing in ceremony at Sussex University on Wednesday night (September 12).
The recruitment to local teams across Sussex has been made possible by this year’s rise in council tax.
“The police were in my life a lot during a disruptive childhood and they had a positive impact me,” said Charlie Boyce, 23, a former PCSO being posted to West Sussex. “I now have an opportunity to continue to show what an influence they can have.”
Fellow new recruit Chelsie Maskell, 21, will bring her experience of working with vulnerable people when she starts work in Brighton and Hove. “I wanted to play my part from an early age,” she said. “When I was 15, a schoolboy in the year above me died after being stabbed in the neck. As a police cadet with the Met I initiated presentations at schools in an effort to reduce knife crime and have since as a paralegal worked with witnesses and victims.” Read more here.
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