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@MrsSammyB13 okay... send us an email and we'll see what we can do. 08/02/2016 15:13:03

Police forces are supporting Safer Internet Day - see some useful advice here - 08/02/2016 13:17:43

Investigation continues over A27 Lewes service station incident - did you see the silver Renault Kangoo ? - 08/02/2016 13:15:43

Woman seriously injured in Ifield crash on Sunday - did you see what happened ? 08/02/2016 12:07:25

Happy #ChineseNewYear 祝你 猴年大吉. Wishing you all a lucky and prosperous year of the monkey. 08/02/2016 11:34:17

@Stevie_V2 We're not aware of any prosecutions as of yet but continue to raise awareness. @CdrChishtyMPS do you know of any prosecutions? 08/02/2016 10:23:34

@PcBourne @tara_snow hello. No prosecutions yet. @CdrChishtyMPS leads nationally & may be able to provide more info. 08/02/2016 10:19:16

Be cautious buying tickets for Eastwood Fest nr #Brighton. We & @BrightonHoveCC haven't had contact w/ organisers - 08/02/2016 10:16:56

@Guinevere55 we need to see it happening. We cannot ticket drivers after the incident. Please call us on 101 when you see it. 08/02/2016 09:47:14

@itvmeridian She has indeed, 08/02/2016 09:23:04

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Monday February 08

Who we are

Sussex Police serves the rural and urban counties of East and West Sussex and the cosmopolitan city of Brighton & Hove. Millions of visitors, holidaymakers, students and seasonal workers from the UK and overseas swell the resident population of 1.63 million people, with an additional 39 million passengers travelling through Gatwick Airport each year.

The force has almost 2,700 police officers and 2,100 police staff, including Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and a team of dedicated volunteers that includes over 400 Special Constables and around 180 Police Cadets. The roles of uniformed officers who respond to calls and PCSOs that work out in the community are probably familiar to most people. But policing involves a wide range of different functions, many of which aren't visible to the public but are nonetheless an essential part of how we police.

For example, we have specific teams for public order, roads policing, serious and organised crime and counter terrorism. Within these areas there are a range of specialist, operational and support roles, carried out by a mixture of officers and police staff.

Crime reduced in Sussex by 3.6% between 2010/11 - 2014/15. The force area remains one of the safest places to live, work or visit. Over 2014/15 there have been significant rises in serious sexual offences, hate crime, domestic abuse and violence against the person resulting from greater compliance with national crime recording standards. Emerging crime threats (including child sexual exploitation and cyber-enabled crime) place further, complex investigative and safeguarding demands on the force.

Sussex Police demonstrates a firm commitment to equality and diversity, both within the organisation and through the service we provide to our public. To maintain high-quality service provision and deliver the priorities set by the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, within significant financial constraints seen over the past five years, the force is collaborating extensively, working ever more closely with partners and introducing transformational changes across the force including a new local policing model and enhanced digital services for the public and staff.

In March 2015, Sussex Police unveiled its vision for local policing in the future. Significant changes will be made over the next four years to ensure local police services are directed to where they are most needed. To find out more, click the following link: /policing-in-sussex/the-organisation/local-policing-model-for-sussex

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC)

HMIC independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism - in the public interest.

In preparing their reports, they ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using their expertise to interpret the evidence. They provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and their evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

In November 2013, the Home Office announced its decision "to fund a new annual programme of all-force inspections". As a result, HMIC has developed a new programme of regular, annual inspections of aspects of day-to-day policing in all police forces.

This programme, known as the PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessments, will report on how well each force in England and Wales:

  • cuts crime (effectiveness);
  • provides value for money (efficiency); and
  • provides a service that is legitimate in the eyes of the public (legitimacy).

The PEEL Assessment is divided between these three pillars (efficiency, effectiveness and legitimacy) and will look at forces over the calendar year (not financial year). Evidence for these 3 pillars will be derived from a series of questions posed by HMIC through a range of inspections.

The first, full assessment will be published in February 2016, but HMIC conducted an interim assessment, published in November 2014, which can be found here:

HMIC also conduct comprehensive value for money (VfM) profiles provide comparative data on a wide range of policing activities. For instance: does your force spend more or less than other similar forces? Does it receive fewer or more 999 calls? How does the crime rate differ from other force areas?

It is important to note that the profiles highlight what these differences are, but not why they exist. There are many reasons why (for instance) a force might spend more on a particular function than other forces, or pay its officers more. Forces and police and crime commissioners can explain these reasons; the VfM profiles aim to help you ask the right questions.

The profiles are based on data provided by the police and include information on costs, workforce, offences and outcomes. The 2015 VfM profile can be found here:

To find out more about Sussex Police and current crime, go to: