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10 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.
Read more here.
Overwhelming interest in police puppy advert
Thank you to everyone who responded to our advert to become a police puppy foster carer.
Due to overwhelming interest in the post, we are no longer seeking applicants.
We will continue to respond to all emails received, however please note that due to the extremely high volume of enquiries, this may take some time.
Applicants’ details may be retained for future consideration.
Thank you for your support.
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.
“We are proud to support this campaign. It is a further increase for Sussex, with us already recruiting and training, and will make a difference to communities across the county. 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: https://www.sussex.police.uk/police-forces/sussex-police/areas/careers/jobs/police-officers/ before midnight, Thursday 19 September.
Read more here.
Keep your money safe
Surrey and Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter September 2019
Buying a car on eBay, Facebook, or Gumtree?
There have been a number of reports from Surrey residents who have bought vehicles via eBay, Facebook, or Gumtree, transferred the money to the seller’s bank account without even seeing the vehicle, which then never materialises on the prearranged delivery date. The seller then cannot be contacted and the victim losses all their money. To avoid this:
· Don’t let the excitement of buying, or selling, a vehicle compromise your safety or that of your money. Never, ever transfer any money to anyone – no matter how pleasant they seem, or legitimate their company seems – without having seen the car first.
· Put yourself in the shoes of the seller: would you offer a complete stranger a massive bargain? Or ask them for half the money up front?
· Ultimately, our advice is to buy from a reputable car dealer for complete safety: the guarantees you get far outweigh the few hundred pounds you might save buying privately.
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