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2 May 2019

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Stop It Now! campaign to help reduce viewing of indecent images of children

Sussex Police today, Thursday (2 May), join police forces across the South East in supporting a leading child protection charity around the launch of their campaign to tackle growing demand for sexual images of children online.
The regional campaign represents a multi-agency approach to tackling the growing demand for sexually explicit images of children. It will bring together robust law enforcement work with work already being undertaken by UK child protection charity, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation.
The charity works to prevent people from viewing such illegal material in the first place; and to get them to stop if they have already started. Through the Stop It Now! deterrence campaign, confidential helpline (0808 1000 900) and  their website, it helps people address their online behaviour and stop looking at these harmful and illegal images. The Stop It Now! helpline recently received a £600,000 funding boost from the Home Office.
Read more here.

Police issue warning as summer crackdown on disruptive passengers launches at Gatwick Airport

Passengers are being reminded to “behave responsibly and fly responsibly” when at Gatwick Airport, as part of a project to tackle all forms of disruptive behaviour.
Reported incidents of disorderly behaviour are comparatively rare at the airport but when incidents occur they can have a significant impact on the travel plans of other passengers, especially when a flight is delayed or diverted.
On Wednesday 1 May, Sussex Police and Gatwick Airport launched Project Disrupt – a collaborative approach committed to reducing the number of disruptive passenger incidents, both at the airport and on board aircraft.
A total of 379 incidents of disruption were reported to police during the summer campaign in 2018, representing just 0.001 per cent of all passengers.
Of those reports, a total of 77 passengers were refused carriage.
In addition, 56 passengers were arrested for offences including being drunk and disorderly (before getting on board an aircraft), being drunk on board an aircraft, assault and endangering an aircraft – up from 48 in 2017. Read more here.

Going away this bank holiday weekend?

Here are five tips to help you keep your home and belongings stay safe while you’re away:

  1. if you’re off on holiday and wish to post anything on social media, make sure your posts aren’t public and that they’re only seen by your friends
  2. leave lights and a radio on a timer to make the property appear occupied
  3. get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property or join a Neighbourhood or resident Watch Scheme
  4. consider asking your neighbours to close curtains after dark and to park on your drive
  5. remember to cancel newspaper and milk deliveries
For more burglary prevention advice please visit our website.

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When the going gets tough, our Contact Handlers are there to help. For many people, you’ll be the first point of contact with the police, whether it's taking a report of a missing person or a burglary in progress, to supporting someone in a crisis.
You’ll be a calm, reassuring voice in people’s hour of need. With a cool head, you’ll take the pace of the job in your stride and always give the best service our public deserve.
In return we promise you a good starting salary, excellent training, opportunities for progression and the pride that comes with helping others.
We are committed to promoting equality and diversity within the force and one of the ways we are seeking to increase representation is via bespoke recruitment mentoring scheme for those identifying as black, Asian and minority ethnic. To find out more email
Find out more about life as a Contact Handler here.


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