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Tuesday 6th July 2021

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Sussex Police leading the way with Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel
Sussex Police is looking for members of the community to be part of a new Sussex Independent Hate Crime Scrutiny and Involvement Panel.
The panel will be made up of volunteer members of the public, and will provide feedback and advice on the police’s response to Hate Crime in the county, seeking to improve the two-way communications between officers and the diverse communities they serve.
Superintendent Rachel Swinney, Force lead for Hate Crime, said: “Last year Sussex Police was the first force nationally to volunteer to take part in a Hate Crime Investigations Inspection. This was carried out by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and independent members of the National Independent Advisory Group (IAG).
“The overall findings of this inspection concluded that the policing response to Hate Crime in Sussex was of a good standard and while I recognise that good work, there is still more to do.
“I am really proud that Sussex will be one of the first forces in the country to invite community members to work more closely alongside policing in our efforts to tackle Hate Crime. The new panel will put the voice of our community at the forefront of the local policing response to offences of this nature.

“I would like to invite members of the public to join us and be part of this important work. Hate Crime won’t be tolerated in Sussex and it is a priority for us to ensure that we continue to work together, build on and improve the trust and confidence of our local communities.
“Membership of the panel will be made up of community members, with a particular focus on ensuring representation from all areas of our community. A key element of this work will be ensuring that the relationships between the panel members and police are ones that are built on trust and honesty – we want to achieve both openness and transparency around the work we do.

“I am confident that panel members will be able to provide both valuable feedback and insight that will allow the force to both improve and adapt its overall policing response to Hate Crime.”
Sussex Police welcomes all expressions of interest, and are particularly keen to hear from young people as well as those who have been a victim of Hate Crime or have an understanding of Hate Crime. If you are interested in joining, please contact by Wednesday, July 14.
New cohort of officers join Sussex Police
Twenty-five new recruit constables have taken their first steps in policing this week.

The new recruits were formally sworn in as police officers on Tuesday 29th June at a low key attestation ceremony carefully adapted to meet Covid-safety measures, with family and friends of the new recruits experiencing the proud moments via Zoom.

In the last financial year, Sussex Police welcomed an additional 129 police constables to Sussex through the Government Uplift Campaign, and an additional 50 through the rise in the local council tax precept. During the financial year 2021/22 Sussex Police will grow by 117 Officers. This is made up of an increase of 121 funded by the Government’s Operation Uplift and an increase of 30 funded by the PCC’s precept increase. These increases are off-set by a reduction of 34 Officers which had been externally funded – resulting in a net overall increase of 117.

The recruitment plans for Sussex Police for 2021/22 will see the force recruit over 240 new officers – these will replace those officers who leave during this period – usually as a result of retirement – as well as achieving the net increase of 117 by March 2022. Officer turnover is monitored throughout the year and flexibility is built into recruitment plans to react to any changes in predictions.

PC Joseph Marimla Alvaro who lives in Chichester and was raised in the Philippines and Spain, is a former PCSO who decided to apply for a role as a police constable to take on new responsibilities and challenges.

He said: “It was actually another police officer who got me interested in a policing career. Before speaking with them, I had never considered pursuing this, but they encouraged me to think about it, which led to my career as a PCSO.

“I believe that I’m one of very few Filipino officers to join Sussex Police and I really want to bridge the gap between police and the Filipino community.”


Sussex Police apologises following inquest on death of Susan Nicholson
Sussex Police has today issued a fresh apology to the family of Susan Nicholson after an inquest jury identified two significant failings by police.

Susan was murdered by her partner Robert Trigg, in Worthing in April 2011. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for her murder in July 2017, and was also sentenced for the manslaughter of a previous partner, Caroline Devlin, in March 2006.
Yesterday, Monday 5 July, a jury at Crawley Coroners Court concluded that police prematurely closed an investigation into Caroline Devlin's death, and this may have contributed to Susan’s death. They also found that the force should have known about the real and immediate risk to Susan and that, by not taking reasonable action, this had caused or contributed to her death.

Following the inquest, Assistant Chief Constable Fiona Macpherson said: “Susan’s family and friends have waited a long time to hear all the facts surrounding her death and our thoughts remain with them, and with the family of Caroline, at this difficult time.
"Further to the apology that the former Chief Constable offered to the families in 2017, I apologise for the failings of the force in relation to the deaths of both Caroline Devlin and Susan Nicholson.

"As the Coroner noted in her closing remarks, Sussex Police have made extensive changes and improvements in the way in which it responds to cases involving domestic abuse in the ten years since Susan’s death.
"Learning from these two cases has been used as part of our work to comprehensively revise our policies during this period.
"We respect the findings of the jury, and we now need to pause to reflect on these before deciding on any further action.”
In 2017 Sussex Police commissioned two independent reviews, one of the investigations in 2006 and 2011 and, separately, one to review the way the subsequent complaints from Susan’s family were handled. 

Yesterday in line with our commitment to transparency, we are publishing the investigation review, which has already been shared with the families. The complaints review will first be shared with Susan's family prior to publication. 

And finally, have you seen our rural crime team monthly update on our website?  It gives a seasonal overview, an introduction from the inspector, updates on the rave in Steyning, a piece on the South of England show last month and much more.
Crime summary
Reference:  1012 1st July
Location:  Winton Place, Worthing
Date and time: Overnight between 30th June and 1st July
Details:  An attempt was made to enter a flat, no entry gained and nothing was stolen.
Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 0107 6th July
Location: Heene Terrace, Worthing
Date and time: Between 1500hrs and 1735hrs 5th July
Details: A garage door was forced and entry was made but nothing was stolen.
Officer and PCSO patrols and street briefings
As usual, our officers and PCSOs have been out and about in the community engaging with people.

Last Wednesday 30th June the local Neighbourhood Policing Team and the Sussex Police Recruitment Team were in South Street, Worthing speaking to people about crime prevention and career opportunities within Sussex police including the different entry routes into policing as well as upcoming opportunities to become a Contact Officer.

On Sunday 4th one of our PCSOs together with an officer attended the Worthing leisure centre junior park run. Despite the weather it was a good turnout.
And, yesterday, 5th July our neighbourhood policing team were patrolling Manor Sports Ground and Bashfords Lane, Broadwater.

The local PCSO for Goring will be conducting a street briefing in Goring Gap around the Alinora Avenue area on Tuesday 13th July between 1300hrs and 1530hrs, she will be joined by a local councillor. If you would like to meet your local PCSO or your councillor and discuss any local concerns, please go along and see them.

If you missed our PCSOs while they’ve been out on patrol and would like to speak to them about any concerns in your neighbourhood, please email our neighbourhood policing team on  and your local officer or PCSO will contact you. Please note, this email address is not for reporting crime.
Vehicle crime
Last week on our social media pages we reported an increase in vehicle crime in and around the Shoreham area. The vehicles that were entered had loose change stolen and the vehicles had been left unlocked. Thankfully there haven’t been any further reports but we would like to remind people to ensure all property, including vehicles, sheds and garages are properly secure when not in use. Crime prevention advice can be found on our website.
Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at


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