Sussex Police have deployed 34 Police Community Support Officers a few weeks early to help boost the county effort to protect the NHS and save lives during this crisis, as our Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne OBE, explains ....

Heading out to bolster our local policing teams in the next few weeks are also 61 new police constable apprentices who, despite experiencing lockdown just one week into their time at Police HQ, have still completed their foundation training on time. This has been achieved through online learning and practical elements being completed with appropriate social distancing.

With these 61 PCs about to join their policing teams and another 70 PC apprentices due to start training next month, I am pleased to say that Sussex Police are well on their way to achieving the government-funded uplift of 129 officers by March 2021 and the extra 250 officers funded from council tax contributions.

The police are now not only here to uphold the law but they are also playing a crucial role in supporting the public health measures to keep us all safe. Senior officers have made sure that our new recruits are out patrolling our streets as soon as possible.

I want to thank everyone who applied to join and wish those who are just beginning their policing career, the very best of luck.

Sussex Police have reminded the public this week that hate crime will not be tolerated. Although we have seen many communities coming together to help and support each other, there are still people being unlawfully targeted simply for being who they are.

There has been an increase nationally in hate crime towards the Chinese/Asian communities and we do not want to see the same trend emerging locally. I’m urging anyone who has experienced or witnessed hate crime to report to the police. You will be taken seriously.

Remember, a hate crime does not always include physical violence. Someone using offensive language towards you or harassing you because of who you are is also a crime. This includes offensive behaviour online.

Report to the police by calling 101 or online here. Always call 999 in an emergency. 

If you have been a victim of hate crime you can also find support online at Safe Space Sussex.

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, I have been allocated £576,000 by the Government to distribute to organisations who support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence across Sussex.

If you are working in our communities to support victims of these crimes and could use some financial help, please come forward and apply.