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Tuesday 6th July 2021

Crime summary
Burglary – there are no burglary dwellings to report this week.
Burglary other than Dwelling
Reference: 0047 1st July
Location: April Close, Horsham
Date and time: Over a period of time
Details: A padlock was removed from a garage door. Nothing was stolen but damage was caused.
Officer and PCSO patrols and street briefings.
As usual our officers and PCSOs have been out and about on patrol. You may have seen PCSO Cecil out on foot patrol on Wednesday in Southwater.

Our neighbourhood policing team were out doing another street briefing in Steyning on Saturday 3rd July.

If you would like to contact your local neighbourhood policing team, please email them on but please note, this email address is not for reporting crime.
News and appeals
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.”


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.
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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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