‘Relentless’ Specialist Enforcement Unit officers mark first year anniversary
A specialist policing unit has seized an estimated £1 million worth of drugs and cash from criminals in its first year of operation.
Sussex Police’s Specialist Enforcement Unit (SEU) was set up in January 2021 to tackle serious and dangerous offenders using the road network and to disrupt the supply of drugs into the country.
The team of highly-trained officers and detectives has already accounted for more than 21,000 policing hours across three divisions and has been involved in more than 400 arrests.
This has included working on operations such as murder investigations, tackling drugs offences, responding to driving offences and catching dangerous offenders and suspects wanted on warrants.
SEU officers cover hundred of miles of the road network across Sussex every day, carrying out proactive patrols and working closely with colleagues such as the Roads Policing Unit (RPU), Serious Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Border Force, Community Investigation Teams, the Force Intelligence Bureau, and divisional officers.
Sussex Police commence the year with awards ceremony
Sussex Police has started the year by recognising some of the outstanding achievements and contributions of its officers and staff.
During a special ceremony on Wednesday, January 19, led by Sussex Police Chief Constable Jo Shiner, awards were given to those who have shown exceptional bravery and commitment, and to those who have dedicated their careers to serve the public.
A total of 64 people received awards at the event, including 11 Chief Constable Commendations for those who have been involved in an incident with significant personal risk or danger, or have undertaken an exceptional action or piece of work. 53 people also received recognition for their long service to the force.
To read more about some of the awards received, please visit our website here.
Rural Crime Team’s night of action across the force
The Sussex Rural Crime Team joined forces with the Hampshire Rural Crime Team and Kent Rural Taskforce for a night of action to deter rural criminality across the three force areas.
Officers on the teams spent Monday night (17 January) into the early hours of Tuesday stopping vehicles on the borders of East Sussex with Kent, and West Sussex with Hampshire, gathering intelligence on rural criminals and providing a visible reassurance to those living and working in the rural communities on our force borders.
The operation was focussing on tackling rural burglary, theft of power tools and farm equipment.
Across Sussex, the team assisted by our Roads Policing Unit and Specialist Enforcement Unit stopped about 40 vehicles at static check points, as well as during patrols in the villages and routes used by criminals to access very rural areas.
You can read more about the night of action on our website here.
Two men charged following burglaries in Wealden and Rother
Two men have been charged in relation to burglaries in North Wealden and Rother.
Police were called around 2.20pm on Tuesday January 18, by a member of the public who had spotted some suspicious behaviour at a property in Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham.
A blue Vauxhall Astra was seen leaving the scene, and around 6.20pm that evening the same vehicle hit ANPR cameras in Kent.
Officers from Kent Police stopped the car on the M25 and recovered a quantity of jewellery from inside. The jewellery matched that reported stolen during the Etchingham burglary, and a second burglary that had taken place at a property in Eridge Road, Groombridge, around 4.30pm that day.
The two occupants of the car were arrested and returned to Sussex for interview.
For further information, please visit our website here.
Sussex’s PCSOs – The unsung heroes at the heart of our communities
As part of a nationwide week of action, Sussex Police is highlighting the vital work carried out by our Neighbourhood Policing Teams to keep our communities safe.
Working at the heart of our communities is central to policing in Sussex, and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have an essential role to play in that process.
Sussex Police has hundreds of PCSOs within it’s Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) who form a crucial link between residents, businesses, the police and partner agencies.
They are out patrolling the streets of our villages, towns and cities, identifying the issues that affect communities on a daily basis and finding the most effective ways to solve them.
That support is vital in combatting the root causes of crime and anti-social behaviour and allows the force to build up detailed profiles of its communities. Targeted plans can then be put in place tailored to their specific needs.
For more information about our PCSOs and the vital role they play, please visit our website here.
Additionally, to mark the national week of action, officers from across the Neighbourhood Policing Team have also shared their experiences of what it’s like working within Sussex’s NPTs.
To read the officers experiences, please visit our website here. Burglary Summary
A burglary has been reported at a commercial property off of Main Street, Rye (170 of the 20/01 relates).
There has been a burglary reported at a residential property off of Forewood Lane, Battle (317 of the 20/01 relates).
A burglary has been reported at a residential property off of Tanhouse Lane, Peasmarsh (364 of the 22/01 relates).
There has been a burglary reported at commercial property off of London Road, Etchingham (923 of the 23/01).
A burglary has been reported at a commercial property off of Mountfield Lane Robertsbridge (154 of the 25/01 relates).
Members of the community are asked to remain vigilant to any suspicious activity in their area, and to report any concerns to police.
You can visit our crime prevention pages on home security here, for ways you can protect your home and belongings.
Arrests Made Across Rother this week
There have been a number of arrests across Rother this week, for various offences including;
Your reports play a huge role in how we plan our local policing, if you see or hear anything you think we need to know about please report it to us.
If your report is not urgent you can call us on 101 or through our website service here.
In the case of an emergency, crime in action or where there is a threat to life always call 999.
Out and About in the Community
As always, our teams have been out and about across Rother, you may have seen them at some of the following places;
As well as regular patrols throughout the week, officers were out across Battle on Monday and Tuesday evening on foot patrols, including around The Abbey and St Mary’s. Road Safety Update
Sussex Police is committed to reducing causalities on the roads and making them a safe place for all road users.
To find out more about what we have been doing to improve road safety across Sussex and to read the update, you can visit our website here. Rural Crime Team Update
The rural crime team have released their monthly update over on the Sussex Police website.
These updates give an overview of the work the team has been up to across the force including information for local areas. This month’s includes information on;
Barn fire arrest in East Sussex
Cross border night of action
Partnership working to protect communities
Waste carrier day of action
To read the update, please visit our website here. Action Fraud - Scam and Fraud Reminder
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We work closely with the local Rother Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
Neighbourhood Watch is about getting people together with their community to take action to reduce crime, these schemes can also cut crime and the opportunity for crime, help and reassure those who live in the area and encourage neighbourliness and close communities.
To find out more about your local scheme and for more information on how to join, visit the Rother Neighbourhood Watch website.
Help Us Keep Sussex Safe
If you 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 Crime Stoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online here.
Visit our website here, to find easy to use online forms to report all non-emergencies to us. On our website you can also browse our crime prevention pages for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and advice from all across the police.
You can report instances of anti-social driving, as well as abandoned vehicles on the road directly to Operation Crackdown by searching ‘Operation Crackdown Sussex’ online.
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