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Monday October 05


District Commander Chief Inspector Rob Leet

Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor


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  • Autumn Update

    The correct use of Stop and search continues to be a focus for us on Lewes District. Crime is relatively low on the District and, as a consequence, the need for stop and searcing people is lower than many other areas in Sussex. We conduct an average of around 40 searches per month on Lewes District, which accounts for approximately 5% of all searches recorded in the Force.

    Searches are recorded on body worn video wherever possible and later viewed by supervisors to ensure that officers are using their powers appropriately and treating people with dignity and respect. We have also introduced a 'Lay Observation Scheme', giving independent members of the public the opportunity to view this footage and feed back to us their thoughts on how these interactions can be improved.  

    Sussex Police has signed up to the Home Office 'Best Use of Stop Search Scheme' which includes setting up a 'Community Trigger', this means any person who has been stop searched three times in a six month period automatically has the circumstances of those searches independently looked into to ensure they are not being targeted unfairly.

    Senior officers across Sussex are currently exploring better ways to engage with communities about stop and search which will help make these improvements sustainable. By regularly engaging and seeking feedback from communities, we hope to continually improve and give people the opportunity to tell us about their concerns and experiences. We have also introduced a receipt containing relevant contact details which is given to anyone who is stop searched, so that if they have any queries or concerns about how they were dealt with they have the opportunity to raise these.

    Police officers must have 'reasonable grounds' to stop and search a member of the public and these grounds must be based on fact, information or intelligence. Everyone within Sussex Police who has the power to stop and search a member of the public is accountable for their actions and must clearly evidence the grounds for a search taking place. These are all aspects which are analysed by senior officers and the Lay Observation Scheme on a regular basis. Stop and search powers, when used correctly and appropriately, are a very effective tool for disrupting and preventing criminal activity and we understand how important it is that the public support us in using them and that is why the measures such as those above have been put into place.

    Chief Inspector Rob Leet

    Lewes District Commander
    Twitter: @ChInspRobLeet

    Rob Leet
    Chief Inspector
    Lewes District Commander
    Tel: 101 Ext: 563028 Mobile: 07769 724918

    Twitter: @ChInspRobLeet

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