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Tuesday 10th September 2019

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Sussex Police praised for improving its child protection work
Sussex Police have welcomed the publication of a inspection review of child protection work in the force by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS).

The force's child protection work was inspected by HMICFRS in June 2018 and it found that the force was working hard to improve the way risks to children were managed and to meet the ongoing increase in demand for child protection. It also identified areas for improvements.

A follow up inspection by HMICFS was carried out last November and found that more officers and staff had been appointed in the force's public protection teams to deal with increase in workloads and it had set up an audit regime to better understand the quality of the work of officers and staff in child protection investigations.

It also found that the force was continuing to strive to improve its joint work with partner agencies.

Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: “We are pleased to see that HMICFRS has recognised the effort the force has put into protecting children since the initial inspection in 2018.

“Over the last ten years there has been a significant increase in reports of children needing protection and this report is a valuable source of advice and direction to further improve our response and performance in this vital area of policing.

"As the review recognises, we are clear in our commitment to protecting vulnerable children and have made it a priority. It also acknowledges that officers and staff who manage child abuse investigations are committed and dedicated, often working in difficult and demanding circumstances, and that our engagement with partners works effectively.

"Our next steps are to continue to focus on the child and to further embed the culture of prioritising child protection across the whole force."

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: "I am pleased and reassured that the HMICFRS review acknowledges significant work by Sussex Police to improve the protection of vulnerable children, with more specialist officers and more thorough check and review processes in place.

"Sussex can also be proud of its Young Witness Service that helps prepare young victims for giving evidence, and our unique video-enabled Vulnerable Victim’s Suites that provide safe places away from daunting court premises."

The HMICFRS report and press release can be found here
Policing Minister visits Sussex to launch national PC recruitment campaign
On the day of the launch of the national campaign to recruit 20,000 extra police officers, Minister of State for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service, Kit Malthouse, visited Police Headquarters, Lewes, to learn more about officer recruitment in Sussex.

Mr Malthouse was welcomed by Chief Constable Giles York and PCC Katy Bourne, and spent time inspecting and meeting new recruits – including 72 trainee PCs and 18 apprentice PCSOs – and saw first-hand how Sussex Police has accelerated police officer recruitment to its highest levels in a decade.

Policing Minister Kit Malthouse said: "We have wasted no time in launching the national campaign to recruit 20,000 police officers today, a priority of this government.

“We want to see people from all backgrounds in Sussex sign up to join the police force’s ranks.

“They must have one thing in common – a desire to protect communities, tackle crime and be a force for all.”

Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York said: “We were honoured to have Mr Malthouse join us at Police Headquarters on the day we launch our latest police officer recruitment drive, providing the opportunity to discuss the national campaign, Be A Force For All, which will see 20,000 officers recruited nationally over the coming years.

Successful recruits will join Sussex Police as an officer through one of two new entry routes created by the College of Policing, with the demands of modern day policing in mind. The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship offers a three-year apprenticeship programme with both on and off-the-job learning, leading to degree in Professional Policing Practice.

The Degree Holder Entry Programme is aimed at existing degree holders of any subject area and offers a two-year practice-based programme, after which individuals receive a level six graduate diploma in professional policing practice.

If you have the judgement to make quick decisions; are confident to be the first person in; have the compassion and empathy to help those in need and the resilience to serve the community every single day, then being a police officer could be the career you have always dreamed of. 

To apply, visit:  before midnight, Thursday 19 September.

*In June 2019, Sussex Police received almost 1,100 people applications from people who had the desire to become a police officer in the county, including an uplift in female and BAME applicants.

For the full story and to see photos please click on the link or go to our website.

Witnesses sought following rape of woman at East Worthing
Police are seeking witnesses after a woman was raped on the seafront in East Worthing.

The 26-year-old victim was walking along New Parade off the A259 Brighton Road, East Worthing, near the Splash Point building site, shortly before 10.30pm on Sunday (8 September) when she was approached by a man who initially asked directions but then took her to the beach and raped her.

The man then left the area on foot.

The woman sought help from a passer-by and the police were informed. She is currently receiving support from specialist officers.

Detective Sergeant Ed Bohnet of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said; "This appears to be an isolated incident, and not part of any pattern. It is essential that we identify and trace this man so if you were in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious, or if you have any other information that might help, please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Neston."

Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.
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Crime summary
Reference: 1143 3rd September
Location: Glebelands Close, Shoreham
Date and time: At approx. 0300hrs 3rd September
Details: An attempt was made to enter an insecure bedroom window, no entry was gained.

Reference: 1031 6th September
Location: Brighton Road, Lancing
Date and time: Between 5th September and 6th September 
Details: A door was broken and someone had entered, however, nothing appears to have been taken.

Reference: 1413 9th September
Location: Mill Lane, Shoreham
Date and time: Between 5th and 9th September
Details: Point of entry is unknown but someone has entered the house and stolen cash.  
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0218 9th September
Location: Charmandean Road, Broadwater
Date and time: Between 2100hrs 8th September and 0730hrs 9th September 
Details: The lock was broken off the garage door and pedal cycles stolen.

Reference: 0842 9th September
Location: Brighton Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 1200hrs 5th September and 0900hrs 9th September
Details: A door to a store room was forced open and tools were stolen.

Reference: 0049 10th September
Location: Brighton Road, Worthing
Date and time: Between 1800hrs 5th September and 1000hrs 6th September
Details: The lock was broken off the garage door and a speaker was stolen.
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