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Protest Liaison Officers

Facilitating peaceful protest in Sussex

One of the core functions of the police service is to facilitate peaceful protest. In Sussex we are always looking for ways to develop our service in this area.

For this reason we have put in place a dedicated Protest Liaison Officer team based in Brighton & Hove. This team's primary role is to engage with protest groups prior to, during and after any event. They will work alongside groups who wish to protest peacefully, always balancing the needs of the wider community.

We hope that by having these nominated officers in place we will be able to build relationships which will benefit protest groups, businesses, residents, visitors and our service too. If protestors share their intentions with us beforehand, this enables us to put the right measures in place to facilitate a safe environment for groups and provide a proportionate policing presence.

Two dedicated officers work in this team. They are on hand to talk to groups about any events they may be planning. These could be anything from a very small gathering to a large scale march.

PC Stephanie Franks DF386 - Stephanie has worked in Brighton & Hove for five years. As well as working on the Partnership Community Safety Team, supporting victims of anti-social behaviour, Stephanie has also been part of the team that works to tackle organised immigration crime, human trafficking and exploitation.

Sergeant Mark Redbourn CR278 - Mark has worked in Brighton & Hove for the last nine years. He started working on the Response Team which attends emergency calls and then moved across to the local Investigation Team.

The team can be contacted Monday to Friday on:

Phone 101 extension 550800
Email  brightonand.hoveplo@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Twitter @SusPolPLO
Facebook Sussex Police Brighton & Hove Protest Liaison Officer

Alongside this team we have additional officers to support protest groups when events are taking place. These officers will always be clearly identifiable as they will wear light blue tabards with 'Police Liaison Officer' on the back.

Anyone can make contact with the team or follow us on Twitter to find out more about the work we are undertaking in the city, to give us their views and to discuss any issues with us.