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Thursday 22nd August, 2019

Do you have the desire to keep your community safe?

Sussex Police launches second round of Police Community Support Officer recruitment

Do you have what it takes to be a PCSO? Sussex Police is offering a new opportunity for potential applicants.

Today (22nd August) sees the launch of Sussex Police’s latest round of Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) recruitment.

Being a PCSO offers a challenging, yet incredibly rewarding career. From dealing with anti-social behaviour to providing reassurance and helping resolve community challenges, our PCSOs play a critical and visible role in helping keep our communities safe, identifying and protecting the most vulnerable and preventing harm.

Assistant Chief Constable Julia Chapman said: “After a successful recruitment campaign earlier this year, which saw a substantial number of new PCSOs offered places on our training cohorts including 36 who will start their training in September, I’m delighted to be again opening recruitment for PCSOs.

"This is a unique role which allows our PCSOs to spend time in areas where the community needs us most.

“A PCSO career is one with variety, diversity, challenge and reward and will appeal to those who want to help keep their community safe. We’re particularly appealing to those who may never have considered a career in policing before.”

All new PCSOs join under our 12-month apprenticeship programme, which provides the best possible training, and, upon completion, earn a Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice.

Employed as a PCSO from day one, the training remains focused on practical policing, with the majority of learning taking place on the job and out in the public alongside experienced colleagues.

ACC Chapman added: “PCSOs are a crucial part of our organisation and hold an integral role in modern policing. It’s a role which take courage to tackle anti-social behaviour, compassion to be there for the vulnerable and professionalism to help with investigations.

“If you’re looking for a new career where, together, we can make a difference then I would encourage you to consider becoming a PCSO.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Sussex residents have been telling me they want a more visible and accessible policing presence in their communities to listen to their concerns and deter crime and anti-social behaviour.

“This is why I am pleased to see recruitment open again for even more PCSOs to further improve that visible frontline, alongside newly recruited police officers, across Sussex.

“I hope this opportunity attracts applicants from a wide range of backgrounds who want to make a difference in the communities they serve.”

As the face of local policing for the community, we are looking for great communicators; those who are calm, confident and compassionate. If you can listen carefully, think through challenges, find solutions and have the diplomacy, resourcefulness and desire to keep our community safe, then this could be the career for you. To apply, visit our website.
Crime summary
15th - 22nd August, 2019

Central Brighton
Burglary (both dwelling and business) – 10 & 2 attempts
Vehicle Crime – 11 & 2 attempts
Robbery - 4

East Brighton
Burglary (both dwelling and business) – 11 & 2 attempts
Vehicle Crime – 14 & 1 attempt
Robbery - 0
Burglary (both dwelling and business) – 23
Vehicle Crime – 18
Robbery – 2

For advice and support around burglary, theft or fraud, visit the relevant pages on our website.
Please report any incidents or suspicious activity to us online or by calling 101. In an emergency always call 999

Watch schemes and initiatives can be a good way to help protect your home, your business and your local community. Find out which schemes are active in your area and how to register for them.

Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

Neighbourhood Watch is about people getting together with their neighbours to take action to reduce crime.

They're community initiatives owned and run by their members which are supported by the police but not owned or run by them.

They work by developing a close relationship between community members and the local police.

Neighbourhood Watch schemes can:

•cut crime and the opportunities for crime
•help and reassure those who live in the area
•encourage neighbourliness and closer communities

How to join a Watch scheme

Go to Neighbourhood Watch to find out what groups are active in your area and to register to join.

You can also find and contact your local Watch Administrator via the same website for:

•more information on how these schemes work
•the benefits of the schemes
•advice on running a scheme in your local area

To start a new Neighbourhood Watch scheme or find out if there’s a scheme near you, please go here: http://www.sussexnwfed.org.uk/.

Sussex Neighbourhood Watch coordinators or key contacts will also receive local crime messages from Sussex Police and other key partners.


Hundreds of items surrendered in Surrey and Sussex during national firearms campaign
Police are still urging anyone with unwanted guns or ammunition to hand them in.
Police would like to thank everyone who took part in a national firearms surrender – and are urging anyone still in possession of unwanted guns or ammunition to hand them in.

The aim of the national operation, supported by Sussex Police and Surrey Police, is to reduce the number of illegally held firearms in circulation which could fall into the hands of criminals.

A total of 161 items were surrendered at police stations in Sussex during the campaign by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS), which ran from 20 July to 4 August; 43 firearms plus ammunition were surrendered in Surrey.

It gave people the opportunity to safely dispose of firearms or ammunition, and help to reduce the number of potentially lethal weapons in circulation in the county.

A total of 82 items were surrendered in the east part of the county, including Brighton, and 79 items were surrendered in the west.

These figures included 112 firearms – the remaining were various types of ammunition – broken down as follows:
•29 shotguns / 5 in Surrey;
•33 air pistols / 13 in Surrey;
•16 air rifles / 11 in Surrey;
•5 BB guns / 7 in Surrey;
•9 blank firing guns / 2 in Surrey;
•2 deactivated guns / 1 in Surrey;
•5 imitation guns / 1 in Surrey;
•1 stun gun / 1 in Surrey;
•4 pistols;
•4 revolvers;
•4 rifles;
•2 full-bore pistols in Surrey.

During the previous campaign run by NABIS in 2017, a total of 552 ballistic items were surrendered in Sussex; more than 100 ballistic items were surrendered in Surrey.

Detective Chief Inspector Vanessa Britton said: “I’d like to thank everyone who came forward as part of this campaign and surrendered any unwanted or illegal firearms they had. In our view, every weapon surrendered is another weapon off our streets which could potentially cause harm.
“Some of the items handed in included war trophies and weapons discovered during house clearances, for example. After being individually examined, all of the weapons are destroyed, unless they are of historical or significant interest, in which case they may be retained by NABIS for museums.
“Any guns which can be proved to be linked to crime will be kept as evidence for any future court proceedings, however we have identified no such circumstances to date with this campaign.
“While crimes involving firearms in both Surrey and Sussex are extremely rare, we recognise that these weapons could be lethal if in the wrong hands. By giving people the opportunity to safely dispose of these items, we are ultimately making Surrey and Sussex safer.”

To find out how and where you can surrender your unwanted firearms or ammunition, visit our website.

We hope you find this information useful and please share with friends, family and neighbours.

Kind regards,

Prevention Support Team.

Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org


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