What you can expect from us as an employer and what we expect of you

We aspire to be a healthy and professional workplace where we deliver the best policing service to our communities.  So that working here feels like a place where:

  • We work effectively with each other and our key partners, and hold ourselves and others to account delivering a high level of policing service;
  • We can be honest with colleagues, irrespective of their rank or role;
  • We enjoy coming to work and are committed to and take pride in doing our best;
  • We are the best we can be.

What else you might like to know about us

  • At Sussex Police we value difference. We recognise that diverse teams produce better results, and we believe in giving everybody the opportunity to maximise their potential. The Peelian Principle of reflecting the communities we serve is about the importance of a diverse workforce; helping us to provide the best possible service to all people in our communities, keeping them safe. 
  • Sussex police has been in the top 100 for 5 years out of 7 in the Stonewall employers ranking for diversity, recently being ranked as 22nd and are members of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions Programme. The index assesses organisational equality practices, how organisations engage with their LGBT staff and customers and looks for good practice, as well as considering community engagement. 
  • We know that you have a life outside of work and we are invested in supporting people who work here balance personal commitments with work, as part of support for overall well-being and helping people be the best that they can be.
  • We are good at recognising people’s efforts and remembering, and taking the time, to say thank you. 
  • We are a fast moving and dynamic force able to offer opportunities to move roles and progress.  As a member of Sussex Police you’ll have the opportunity to specialise and develop your career.
  • We offer a competitive benefits package, including more traditional benefits, including, supported development, a progressive approach to flexible working (including offering flexi-time), a highly competitive pension scheme and a competitive flexible benefits (including salary sacrifice schemes, discounts including for a healthcare scheme, savings and cash back rewards), as well more unique benefits, such as, as opportunities to join various sports clubs which aim to promote health, friendship and fun. 

What it's like to work here

In all of our roles, we’re looking for people who have enthusiasm, dedication and drive to help others wherever possible and will work with us to have a workplace where we:

  • Enjoy coming to work and are committed to, and take pride in, being ourselves; being the best we can be.
  • Work effectively with each other and our key partners; holding ourselves and others to account making sure we deliver a high level of policing.
  • Value difference and recognise that diverse teams produce better results. This year, we were again recognised by Stonewall for our approach to diversity; featuring in in the top 100 Employers.
  • Recognise individual and team effort and give everybody the opportunity to maximise their potential.
  • Can be honest with our colleagues, irrespective of their rank or role.

Pay, pensions and everyday costs (including housing)

Salary – Specific salary information for roles you are interested in can be found on individual adverts. Each role has a linked salary scale meaning your salary could increase up to two times a year, once with any agreed increases to the scale and secondly as you move up the pay scale, in recognition of skills and experience. Aside from the base pay for a role, enhanced pay for working unsocial hours, overtime or on public (bank) holidays may also apply.

Pensions – When you start you’ll automatically join either the police staff or police officer pension scheme*, which are career average revalued earnings schemes. Both your pension contributions and those made by Sussex Police (which are higher than the minimum employers have to make) will build up your pension during your career into a guaranteed pension with an optional lump sum.

(*unless you are a transferring officer where different pension eligibility may apply)

Everyday spend and housing benefits- In addition to a variety of offers available, including the Blue Light discount card and keyworker housing schemes, we offer workforce benefits which include money saving offers on everyday essentials, for example, discounted top-up cards for popular supermarkets, train and bus discounts, and cheaper gym membership and mobile phone rates.

Training and development

As a fast-moving, dynamic force there is plenty of opportunity to move roles and progress. We offer a range of development opportunities as well as the training, mentoring and coaching support you need for the role you undertake. Additional resources are also in place to support leadership development including the funding and achievement of additional qualifications where required.

Balancing work and life

Flexible working – Policing is 24/7 however we know you have commitments outside work. We’re invested in supporting people in balancing their life with work.

Leave – annual leave allowance varies according to role; maximum of 30 days for police officers and 32 days for police staff (both figures include the average of eight paid public (bank) holidays per annum). A variety of paid leave types are also available to help with unexpected situations, for example, emergency dependents leave. There are also options for taking extended periods of unpaid leave.

Health and wellbeing –we have a variety of services in place covering health, financial and mental wellbeing, including guidance and support, an employee assistance programme, a discounted contributory healthcare scheme and awareness and development days.

Sports, social and network groups and staff associations

We have on-site gyms and a range of sports clubs for you to join, all of which aim to promote health, friendship and fun. We also encourage our people to work together in network groups which challenge and ensure Sussex Police is always be seeking to improve what it offers to people who work here.

These networks include:

  • Sussex Police Race Equality Network
  • Evolve (Gender Equality Network)
  • Enable (Disability and Carers Association)
  • Sussex Police LGBT Network
  • Sussex Police Interfaith Forum
  • Sussex Police Christian Fellowship
  • Police Federation
  • Unison