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Friday 29th May 2020
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Officers conduct days of action to tackle crime in Sussex
Acting on information from the public, officers have been busy cracking down on crime.
The Force has been undertaking a number of days of actions recently, tackling the problems and issues which are affecting the communities the most.
We have always focused on core policing throughout this public health emergency, preventing, investigating and detecting crime and keeping people safe.
In the last month, the Worthing Prevent team conducted three warrants off the back of intelligence received from members of the public.
At a property in Naldrett Close, Horsham, officers seized nearly £7,000 in cash and a significant amount of cannabis. A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class B drug and has been released under investigation while enquiries are ongoing.
The team conducted a further two warrants, one in Ham Road, Worthing, and the second in Crabtree Lane in Lancing. A quantity of cannabis cash was seized from both locations and three people in total, two men and a woman, were arrested for drug offences.
Assistant Chief Constable Julia Chapman said: “We are aware of a number of issues affecting the different communities across the county and we have been listening to those concerns.
“Drugs issues and dealing can have a huge impact on communities and we will not tolerate this behaviour.
“Thanks to vigilant members of the public reporting matters to us, we are able to build a picture of inteligence and decide on the best action to take.”
In Brighton, officers arrested two men on suspicion of robbery after a man reported being held at knifepoint and robbed in Western Road, Brighton. A 37-year-old man and a 51-year-old man were questioned and released on bail until next month.
Officers also later closed a disused building in St James’s Street which was suspected of being used as a squat in connection with the investigation.
ACC Chapman added: “Anti-social behaviour has no place in community and we work closely with partner agencies to tackle this. We appreciate the patience from those affected while we do so.
“We would encourage members of the public to report matters of anti-social behaviour to us to ensure this behaviour is tackled robustly.”
And in Eastbourne, prevention officers on patrol in Eastbourne stopped a gold Nissan Micra which, the previous day, had been reported by a member of the public as being involved in numerous suspected drug deals.
The vehicle and its driver - Emigert Cenmurati - were searched. Bags of cocaine and cannabis with a combined estimated street value of around £4,000 were found, alongside a large quantity of cash.
Cenmurati, 26, of Seaside, Eastbourne, was charged with possession with intent to supply controlled drugs of Class A and Class B, acquiring / using / possessing criminal property, driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence and driving without insurance. He has been remanded in custody for sentencing on 8 June.
ACC Chapman added: “This was a fantastic result following intelligence received from a member of the public which officers were able to quickly act on. The action from the officers has disrupted the distribution of drugs which can cause serious harm and impact to communities.
“We would like to thank the public for their support in reporting matters of drugs and anti-social behaviour to us and enabling a bigger intelligence picture to be developed. Together we can tackle this behaviour.”
You can report crimes to us either online or by calling 101.
Meet the new recruits who joined the force as the county locked down to fight the pandemic
As the nation went into lockdown and the force readied itself for the peak of the Covid 19 pandemic, new recruit PCSO Tara Reid McCoy was just about to start her new career on the streets of East Sussex.
Along with 33 fellow PCSO apprentices, Tara was deployed a few weeks early on 30 March to help boost the county effort to protect the NHS and save lives.
“We were so eager to get out there and help,” says Tara, who is now part of the Hastings Prevention Team. “We had already done two weeks shadowing with our teams out on the streets, and really wanted to do our bit to support the community and NHS.”
Adrian Rutherford, Director of Peoples Services said: “To assist the nationwide effort to contain the virus and save lives, we took the decision to deploy this cohort of PCSOs three weeks early to boost our local policing teams. We also readied our PC trainees for early deployment, should this be necessary.”
“The 34 PCSOs had completed the major part of their initial 12 week HQ training, so by consolidating the vital elements and rescheduling some of their non-essential training to later in the year, the recruits were able to rejoin their tutors in community policing teams sooner."
Heading out to their new policing teams in the next few weeks are also 61 new police constable apprentices who, despite experiencing lockdown just one week into their degree apprenticeship at Police HQ, have still completed their foundation training on time.
By adapting training to meet social distancing guidelines, recruits like PC Ramon Vaughan Williams were able to continue much of their classroom-based training at home through online learning and video conferencing.
“Despite the challenging environment,” says Adrian Rutherford, “We are pleased to say our recruitment and training of new PCs and PCSOs is 100 percent on track, ensuring we continue to get new officers out on the streets.”
“Through working with the College of Policing and embracing technology, our training team have been creative in ensuring our students can still fully engage with their learning programmes, tutors and colleagues while at home.”
“Trainees still come to HQ for practical elements of their programme like scenario training and personal safety training, with appropriate social distancing and other measures in place.”
“With these 61 PCs about to join their policing teams and another 70 PC apprentices due to start training next month, I am pleased to say we are still well on our way to achieving the expected government-funded uplift of 129 officers by March 2021. The force’s recruitment and training of staff and PCSOs funded by the rise in council tax precept is still fully on track as well.”
As a PC apprentice, Ramon will be joining the Brighton coaching unit* at John Street Police Station where he will do 21 weeks ‘coached patrol’ alongside his coach, a working police officer
“I’m really excited about getting stuck in. We will be working mainly on response from the start, so we will be going out attending certain emergencies and other urgent issues.”
“I’m looking forward to engaging with the public and trying to help resolve issues and problems at this challenging time. As a civil enforcement officer in Worthing, I found I was able to help diffuse difficult situations through being a good listener and using a calm approach. I find life experience helps a lot.”
Fellow Hastings recruit, PCSO Maria Barraclough, was inspired by her son, a response officer in Brighton, to join up after working as a security guard at Gatwick for many years:
“I was concerned I was too old to join but my son would keep pointing out how my life experience would hold me in good stead for dealing with the kind of incidents he was.”
“I’m glad I made the leap as I’m really enjoying it. Obviously with the new regulations and explaining them to the public, that has been a challenge but I am always alongside my tutor, PCSO Liam Janman, so you learn on the job.
“I love that every day is different. One minute you are patrolling the town centre and the next minute you are dealing with a neighbourhood dispute”
Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “The lockdown has meant that we have all had to adapt and change our ways of working. Sussex Police are no exception to this and I’m incredibly impressed by how they have stepped up to the challenge. They have found new ways to recruit and train both PCSOs and police officers so that we stay 100% on track with our plans to further strengthen our frontline during this crisis and beyond.
“The police are now not only here to uphold the law but they are also playing a crucial role in supporting the public health measures to keep us all safe. By working hard to get new recruits ready for early deployment, senior officers have made sure that they are out patrolling our streets as soon as possible.
“I want to thank everyone who applied to join and wish those who are just beginning their career with Sussex Police, the very best of luck.”
* There are six PC coaching units throughout Sussex at stations in Bexhill, Polegate, Brighton, Horsham, Worthing and Bognor.
To read more on this story and to see more photographs, please click on the link or go to our website. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/force-news/meet-the-new-recruits-who-joined-the-force-during-lockdown/ NOTE
The above news stories are in addition to the bulletin that I will be putting out on Tuesday. There are so many stories this week that I wanted to share with you.
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