Following a week break owing to Bonfire and Firework events last weekend, Operation Blitz is back this weekend.
Additional ASB targeting patrols tonight and tomorrow between 1800-0000 (Friday & Saturday)
Call 07770700642 to report anti-social behaviour (ASB) directly to officers out in the town centre, local parks and your seafront.
Outside of these time, please continue to report ASB online or to 101 - in an emergency/crime in action always call 999.
Sussex Police launch new Business Crime Team
Sussex Police has launched its Business Crime Team (BCT) which is dedicated to tackling business crime and provide support to our business communities.
The team is made up of nine investigators and a sergeant, through existing resources to work smarter and investigate business crime, improve partnership working and tackle this crime type through innovative use of technology.
It will support the business community by working closely with partners, businesses and customers to bring together intelligence from across the county so they can provide crime prevention advice and catch the criminals who are targeting and affecting businesses large and small.
Watch how the team works, the experiences of one of the businesses we support, and more here.
Call for new Police Community Support Officers across Sussex
People aspiring to be a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) will be able to submit their applications to Sussex Police from Tuesday, November 9.
Becoming a PCSO offers a challenging, but incredibly rewarding career where every day is different.
PSCOs play a critical and visible role in helping to keep our communities safe, identifying and protecting the most vulnerable and preventing harm. There is a named PCSO for every ward in Sussex.
All new PCSOs who join in this wave of recruitment will start their training in June or October 2022 and will earn a Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice, upon successful competition of a 12-month apprenticeship programme.
While each new recruit will be employed as a PCSO from day one, the training remains focused on practical policing, with the majority of learning taking place on the job and out alongside experienced colleagues.
Assistant Chief Constable Jayne Dando said: “We are determined to keep our PCSO numbers up to strength and we are starting the recruitment process right now to ensure we will have enough suitable candidates for the new training courses planned.
“The career of a PCSO is one with variety, diversity, challenges and rewards - and will appeal to those who want to help keep their community safe.
“It’s a role which takes courage to tackle anti-social behaviour, compassion to be there for the vulnerable and professionalism to help with investigations.
“As the public face of Sussex Police, you will ensure we’re fulfilling our commitment to protect our communities, catch criminals and deliver an outstanding service to victims and witnesses.
“We want to receive applications from a diverse range of individuals. We’re particularly appealing to those who may never have considered a career in policing before.
“If you’re looking for a new career where, together, we can make a difference then I would encourage you to consider becoming a PCSO.”
PCSO Cristine Gerosa, who has a background in nursing, joined Sussex Police in March 2020 (right at the start of lockdown!). She said: “I have been able to fight crime, and to help victims from all different backgrounds and with different life stories.
“I am forever grateful for what Sussex Police offered me as I not only feel part of a family, but I also grew my confidence and I am able to help those who need it the most.”
Barney Reed, a former delivery driver, became a PCSO as he wanted to work more closely with different communities. He said: “A great thing about being a PCSO is working with different teams to ensure not only public safety but reassurance.
“It’s not just about dealing with those who have committed an offence (however big or small), it’s about helping those in need and giving them the support they need - protecting those who are vulnerable and working with key partners to ensure that the community is the priority.”
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Over the past three years Sussex Police has built back neighbourhood policing to provide the reassuring visible presence that local communities have been calling for.
“PCSOs are at the heart of neighbourhood policing, as they engage with residents every day and have a finger on the pulse of local issues and concerns.
“If you or someone you know wants to help make Sussex safer and start a valuable and rewarding career in the police family, get your applications in soon.
“I look forward to meeting you on patrol in our villages and towns next year.”
As the face of local policing for the community, we are looking for great communicators: those who are calm, confident and compassionate. If you can listen carefully, think through challenges and find solutions, and you have the diplomacy, resourcefulness and desire to keep our community safe, this could be the career for you.
As always, your Neighbourhood Policing Teams have been out and about across your communities. You may have seen us at;
Blackboys village hall earlier this week in the evening, after a number of local residents had previously raised concerns around speeding in the village, as well as parking issues.
A small turn out, nevertheless an opportunity for officers to speak at length with the parish clerk and attendees about speeding, parking and our availability to tackle such issues.
For those who joined us we have and will take your concerns on board and continue to add locations of concern to our directed patrol activities around speeding.
Please continue to report speeding issues to us online, or to our Operation Crackdown Team - remember you can also find out information about your local Community Speed Watch Group, how to join, and where they conduct checks on their website here.
As well as attending a number of local firework displays this weekend, officers for Blackham attended the Blackham Village Market to meet and chat to members of the local community; and enjoy the sights and smells of fantastic locally sourced products!
It was a great opportunity for local officers to meet and speak to residents around issues they are facing in the village, as well as being able to update them on the work being conducted in their communities to tackle issues such a excess speeding, anti-social behaviour and scams.
A number of drop in sessions have taken place across the Wealden district this week, with PCSOs visiting a ladies group in Uckfield and a drop in session at a local community group in Hellingly, to talk about the latest scams and frauds doing the rounds in Sussex.
One of the topics covered by officers was 'courier fraud' - This is when victims receive a phone call from a criminal who is pretending to be a police officer or bank official, often targeting older and vulnerable victims.
Typically, victims are told to withdraw a sum of money and someone is sent to their home address to collect it.
Tell-tale signs of attempted courier fraud can include:
-Someone claiming to be from your bank or local police force calls you to tell you about fraudulent activity, but is asking you for personal information, or even your PIN, to verify who you are.
-They are suggesting that you call them back, so you can be sure they are genuine, but when you try to return the call, there’s no dial tone.
-They say they are trying to offer you peace of mind by having somebody pick up the card for you, to save you the trouble of having to go to your bank or local police station.
Be suspicious of these types of calls, and always remember the bank nor the Police will ever ask for your PIN or account details over the phone.
You can obtain a Little Book of BIG Scams at your local Police Station or by downloading one online here.
A total of 3 outbuilding/workshops were broken into at properties off Bramley Avenue, Horam, Heathfield between the 4th and 7th of November.
Secure locks to the buildings have been forcibly removed, using unknown tools, no tools were left behind, and unfortunately there are no forensic opportunities.
Owners of the buildings have not reported anything as stolen, and have been provided advice and support from the Police. (648 of 7/11)
Members of the public and business owners are asked to remain alert to any suspicious activity in their area, and to report any concerns to police online or by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.
There are a number of steps residents can take to property their property, including alarm systems and CCTV cameras, for a range of crime prevention advice, support and tips to keep you and your property safe click here.
If you have been the victim of a burglary, please report online, or by calling 101 – always dial 999 in an emergency/burglary in action.
Action Fraud scam watch
Did you know scams cost the UK economy £5-£10 Billion a year, with over 50% of people over 65 having already been targeted by scams; and only 5% of all scams reported?
Action Fraud’s top tips
Although fraud and cybercrime comes in many forms, there are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself.
Follow Action Frauds’ personal safety checklist to keep you and those around you safe from fraud.
This week Action Fraud is warning the public to protect their loved ones as criminals continue to cheat older and vulnerable victims out of cash and high value items through courier fraud.
If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
You can also visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk where you can find our easy to use online forms to report all non-emergencies to us.
You can also find police advice to keep you safe and help you understand the law, and also browse our crime prevention pages for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and practical crime prevention advice from officers and specialist teams all across the police.
Have you ever had a policing question that doesn't actually require direct police involvement to answer?
Ask the Police is a great online source of information for the most frequently asked policing questions, visit www.askthe.police.uk/ for more information.
Your local teams
What's happening in your area?
Get the latest crime statistics and advice, help us with appeals for information and find out what we’re doing to tackle crime in your area, as well as details of your local PCSOs and your local Neighbourhood Policing Teams online here.
Follow your local Police team on social media, click below: