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Tuesday 11th January 2022

New year, new career? Sussex Police launches latest officer recruitment drive

Sussex Police has started the new year by opening applications for new police officers, as part of its continued commitment to bolster officer numbers across the county.
The force’s latest recruitment window opened on Wednesday (5 January) and will remain open for two weeks.
It’s part of the national Uplift campaign to recruit 20,000 additional police officers, which has surpassed the halfway stage and resulted in 182 extra officers so far recruited in Sussex.
During this round of recruitment, applications will be sought for cohorts to join the force via the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) or the Degree Entry Holder Programme (DHEP). For further information, check the full eligibility criteria.
Recruitment will close on Wednesday 19 January and it is expected there will be a high volume of applications. Therefore apply now and help make a real difference to your community. 

Sussex Police ensure Cassie returns home after being stolen eight-years ago

Eight years after being taken from the front garden of her home, Sussex Police have helped return Cassie the cocker-spaniel back to her rightful home.
Officers from the Sussex Police Rural Crime Team captured the moment Cassie and her owners were reunited.
They conducted a number of raids in November looking for a stolen dog along with the RSPCA and Trading Standards following a tip off from a member of the public.
Cassie was safely located along with some puppies who are thought to be hers.
A spokesperson for the family said: "We are so thankful to have our Cassie back home, after 8 years since being separated from her. Cassie has settled in very well and is enjoying her daily dog walks.”
“As for the three puppies, they have all gone to good homes and are loving their new set family life.”
“It's a priceless Christmas present to us as a family and we want this to bring hope to others who have had their dog lost or stolen. Finally, we would like to thank the Police and everyone involved in helping us retain Cassie and her puppies back to us"
Sussex Police Rural Crime Team Inspector Oliver Fisher said: “As is often the case, it was useful information from the public that assisted us and we are grateful to them as ever for coming forward.”
“Dogs can go missing on occasion, but it is extremely rare for dogs to be stolen. I would like to reassure the many thousands of dog owners in the county that with simple precautions, you need not fear this crime. I would encourage all dog owners to microchip their dogs, keep an up to date photo of the dog, and in the event that it goes missing, inform the microchip company and supply the police with a photo.”
“We recognise the impact a stolen pet can have on a family which is why part of the team’s remit is to investigate stolen dogs. In recent months we have recovered stolen dogs, and also assisted the RSPCA in seizing puppies being kept in appalling conditions in puppy farms. “
Read more of this amazing story here

Annual crackdown on drink and drug drivers sees hundreds of arrests in Sussex

Sussex recorded a 20 per cent rise in the number of people arrested for drink or drug driving during this year’s annual winter crackdown by police.
Hundreds of motorists ignored the risks posed and were arrested as part of the month-long campaign which runs from December 1 to January 1.
In total, 257 arrests were made in Sussex, up from 212 arrests in the same period last year - more than a 20 per cent rise.
There were 137 arrests for drug-driving, 111 for drink-driving, and nine arrests for both drink and drug-driving.
Chief Constable Jo Shiner, who is also the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for road policing, said it was alarming that 58 of the arrests were made following collisions on our roads.
“Our officers have heard all the excuses but there is no excuse for drink and drug-driving - that 58 arrests were as a result of collisions demonstrates the behaviour and its link to roads safety,” she said.  Read more here


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