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7th August 2020
Sussex Police and Surrey Police recognised in this year’s Times Top 50 Employers for Women
Sussex Police and Surrey Police are leading the way as employers of women, according to The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2020 list, published today (30 July).
The Times’ list is the UK’s most highly profiled and well established selection of organisations at the forefront of tackling gender inequality in the workplace and society and celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
Sussex and Surrey police forces have been jointly presented with the award in recognition of their commitment to achieving gender equality within their workforce and the communities they serve. Read more here Sussex Police remain committed to taking action against anti-social behaviour in the county
Sussex Police remain committed to taking action against anti-social behaviour across the county.
Since the easing of the Covid19 lockdown restrictions we have, as expected, seen the number of people meeting up with friends and family increase.
However, a small minority of members of the community have been acting in an anti-social behaviour way.
Chief Inspector Jon Carter, Force lead for anti-social behaviour, said: “We are aware of the concerns from the communities of Sussex in regards to anti-social behaviour from a small minority of people.
“Our officers have been engaging, explaining and encouraging members of the public and using enforcement as a last resort. “The vast majority of the residents of Sussex when they are out and about, have taken personal responsibility around their behaviour and have been adhering to the government guidance during the pandemic.
“However, we are aware of a number of recent incidents which have caused concern not only within the community but also with us.
“The behaviour we have been seeing in terms of large gatherings, anti-social behaviour which in some instances resulted in violence, is completely unacceptable and we are committed to tackle those who persistently cause anti-social behaviour and disorder.
“Some of the incidents that we have seen recently have involved young people, however this is only a small minority. I recognise that the vast majority of young people behave in an entirely appropriate manner engage well with our officers and are considerate of their surroundings by clearing up after themselves and respecting their communities.
“I need to remind parents and guardians have the responsibility to ensure their children are not causing disruptive behaviour, and urge them to be more intrusive with their children about what they are doing and who they are with. Ultimately, we will also take action against parents if they are not taking their parental responsibility towards their children seriously.
“My message to those involved is simple. If you behave in an anti-social manner, you will be held to account. Your choice to engage in poor behaviour could have a lasting effect on your future and this is not something we would like to see happen.”
Police warn of Amazon scam in Sussex
Sussex Police is issuing a warning about scam callers purporting to be from Amazon Prime, after a recent, sudden spike in reports.
Since 1 July, the force has received 68 reports of this type of fraud resulting in losses of over £64,000.
This crime typically involves a phone call from someone claiming to from Amazon and stating that an amount will be taken from their account to renew an Amazon Prime subscription or that the account has been compromised.
Many victims are advised to press a number on their phone as an option to not pay for the subscription. The scammer will then talk them through installing an app on their phone or tablet,and confirming their personal and banking details in order to stop the payment. Of course this is all an attempt to get the victim to transfer money to the caller’s bank account.
PC Bernadette Lawrie BEM, the Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer for Surrey Police said:
“The evil perpetrators of this time of crime prey on the most vulnerable in our communities and often target a generation who aren’t as familiar with technology.
“People have lost devastating sums of money to calls like these so urge residents to be wary of any calls about subscription payments.
"Remember – don’t give or confirm your personal or banking details with an unexpected caller. If you’re unsure if the call is legitimate, hang up and verify the number with a trusted source, such as the company’s official website, or call a good friend or family member for advice.”
Sussex Police’s top tips to help stop this type of fraud are:
Act with care if you get an unsolicited phone call
Never transfer funds into another account on the instruction of an unexpected caller – even if they tell you the account is in your name
Always check your phone line has properly disconnected before making another call – try calling a good friend first, wait five minutes or use a different landline or mobile
Never share your PIN number or enter your PIN into a telephone
Julia Chapman is appointed Deputy Chief Constable
Temporary DCC Julia Chapman has today been confirmed in the role as the second most senior police officer in Sussex.
DCC Chapman joined Sussex Police from Kent in 2019 as the Assistant Chief Constable for local policing.
Her appointment was announced by Chief Constable Jo Shiner, who formerly held the role.
Speaking about her promotion, DCC Chapman said: “I am immensely proud to have been chosen as the county’s next Deputy Chief Constable. Since joining Sussex I have been continuously impressed with commitment and dedication of officers, staff and volunteers.Read more here
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