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Sussex Police opens police officer recruitment as part of national recruitment drive

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Last week, Sussex Police launched it's newest recruitment drive for police officers.

Following a successful police officer recruitment campaign* earlier this year and the announcement of a national recruitment drive for 20,000 police officers, Sussex Police is again looking for individuals who can make a difference to help keep our county safe.

Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York said: “We are proud to support the national police officer recruitment drive following the announcement from the Prime Minister earlier this year.

“A career in policing is professionally challenging, personally rewarding and certainly diverse. By joining us, you can make a real difference to the safety of our local communities.

 “Sussex is already in a period of growth, with on-going recruitment of hundreds of extra police officers, PSCOs and police staff over the next four years.

 “I’m delighted that we can open police officer recruitment for a second time this year.”

The national campaign – Be a Force For All – features a number of Sussex officers, including videos of some of our most recent recruits working on response in West Sussex.

From this latest recruitment drive, successful recruits will join 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.

New recruits on both routes will be employed as officers from day one, gaining valuable experience of the role alongside studying towards their qualification.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “The opening of a second police officer recruitment campaign this year is great news for Sussex residents, it’s great news for Sussex Police and it is a great opportunity for anybody wanting a fulfilling and varied career.

“Local communities will be delighted at the prospect of hundreds more officers joining those already in training since we started to boost recruitment by 250 last year.”

If you, or someone you know, have the judgment 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’ve always dreamed of.

To apply, visit our website before midnight, Thursday 19 September.

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