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Thursday 1st July 2021
Road safety operation leads to significant cannabis find
A routine road safety check led to a substantial quantity of cash, drugs and associated paraphernalia being found at an address in Haywards Heath.
Almost 300 further offences were recorded during the operation, which took place on Saturday and Sunday (19-20 June).
Officers from Sussex Police and the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership worked together to provide education, engagement and enforcement across the county.
The aim of this dedicated activity – run in addition to routine roads policing 365 days a year – is to create an environment that is inhospitable to the dangerous or antisocial use of vehicles on the roads, thereby reducing road casualties, and the impact of noise and poor behaviour on local communities.
About 4pm on 19 June, police stopped a vehicle in Phoenix Causeway, Lewes, after the driver was seen to not be wearing a seatbelt – this is one of the five most common causes of fatal and serious injury collisions, along with drink and drug-driving, speeding, mobile phone use and careless driving, known collectively as the ‘fatal five’.
After detecting the smell cannabis, the man and his car were searched, and officers discovered a quantity of cannabis and about £2,000 in cash. Due to this, a search of his address was authorised, where officers discovered a larger quantity of the Class B drug, a further £10,000 cash, and items including weighing scales and a diary of contacts. Read full story here
National praise for Sussex scheme to support domestic abuse victims
A Sussex Police initiative to help domestic abuse victims during and since lockdown has been praised in a national report.
The national report, 'Policing domestic abuse during the pandemic', is published by her Majesty's Inspectorate of Police, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) on 23 June.
It highlights the way in which the force developed a team of specialist trained police officers and staff to deal with standard risk domestic abuse cases which are not high risk. These officers conduct virtual interviews with victims using discreet video conferencing technology. This enables officers to interact face to face with victims listening to their report, providing safeguarding advice and completing the initial investigation.
The report also refers to the way Sussex Police procured a new IT solution to support the technology. This simple and intuitive programme sends a one-time link to the victim, at a time of their choosing, to any internet enabled smart device. The victim clicks on the link and they’re then launched into a virtual consultation room, where an officer is waiting. At the end of the consultation, the victim is asked to delete the link, and all evidence of the appointment is gone.
Since the force's Local Resolution Team was set up just a year ago as the pandemic set in, more than half of people reporting domestic abuse cases that are not immediately urgent have opted for a special video appointment service that can be used when conversations can’t take place face to face for any reason.
The 40-strong Local Resolution Team of specially trained officers are dedicated to dealing with low risk reports of domestic abuse which are not immediately urgent. They discuss the incident with the caller, carry out an initial investigation and provide safeguarding advice, to leave the victim feeling safer than before and to explore available investigative opportunities to prosecute and prevent domestic abuse. Read more here
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