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11 November 2019

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PCSO model will look to increase local engagement across Sussex

Today (Monday, November 4) sees the launch of a named PCSO for every community in Sussex Police.
The enhanced way of working will give every PCSO responsibility for a defined geographic area and every community in Sussex will have at least one named PCSO.
The new posts are being recruited throughout the financial year. There have already been intakes of 18 PCSOs in July 2019 and 36 in September 2019. Another 72 PCSOs will be trained over two intakes in January and March 2020 under the PCSO apprenticeship scheme.
This investment has been possible due to the precept increase proposed by Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, to include an extra 100 PCSOs by March 2020.
This investment has given Sussex Police a genuine opportunity to rethink its plans to enhance local policing. The precept uplift signals an exciting step change and means that communities will start to see and feel a difference as these roles are deployed to strengthen local policing.
Assistant Chief Constable Julia Chapman said: “The bolstering of PCSO numbers will help police working with local communities and will help bring a greater understanding of local issues, an increase in intelligence and an early resolution of Anti-social behaviour and local disputes before they can escalate into more serious crime. This investment will also assist in identifying and keeping safe the most vulnerable people in our communities.
“Along with the traditional foot patrol in areas where the community needs our support, our PCSOs are equipped to help solve neighbourhood issues, take statements, work with police officers and our partners to problem solve in the community.” 
With natural attrition, Sussex Police should achieve the target of 296 PCSOs by March 2020, though the last cohort will be in training and not deployable until the end of next summer. Read more here.

Keep your money safe Surrey and Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter November 2019

Fraudsters target public with Amazon Prime subscription scam
Action Fraud has received hundreds of reports of a scam where victims receive an automated call claiming their details have been fraudulently used to subscribe to Amazon Prime. The recipient of the call is told they can cancel the transaction by pressing 1.
When they do this, they are connected to criminals posing as Amazon customer service representatives who remotely access their computer and steal their personal and financial details.
Action Fraud has shared these tips:
  •  Never install any software as a result of a cold call
  •  Always question uninvited approaches by contacting the company directly using a known phone number
  • Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. It’s okay to stop a discussion if you don’t feel in control of it.

See our full Fraud Newsletter here.

Protect your home by protecting your garden.

There's lot of ways to deter burglars from the outside.

- Consider tall garden fences.
- Install external motion sensor lighting.
- Plant prickly shrubs in garden borders.

Click here to see our burglary prevention advice.


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