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Local Policing Model


Our Local Policing Model

We are taking a smarter approach to the way we prevent, detect and tackle crime and local problems in your area.

Since 2015 we have embarked on a transformational change programme. We have looked at every element of our local policing service, determining how we can manage more demand with fewer people and meet the new and emerging threats facing our communities.

Our new local policing model holds on to areas of policing which are much valued and has transformed others to address the changing nature of crime and evolution of new crime types and threats - for example Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and terrorism.

We have now launched our new Local Policing Model which sees teams working closely together to provide a flexible and resilient service within your community:

Prevention Teams

  • are accessible.
  • aim to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour by working with partners and targeting their patrols in areas where they can make a difference.
  • include PCSOs with enhanced skills, police officers and staff, including specialists working with young people in schools and colleges.
  • identify the best ways to solve problems, tackle repeat issues and reduce crime.
  • cover every neighbourhood in Sussex and can be contacted directly.

Response Teams

  • are there when needed in an emergency, available 24/7.
  • Work proactively in vulnerable areas.
  • also attend non-emergency calls where a policing presence is needed.

Investigations teams

  • investigate professionally and effectively.
  • proactively pursue and manage offenders, using the latest technology and digital evidence techniques to catch criminals.
  • support communities and victims, with each crime type investigated and each case considered individually according to the threat and harm caused.
  • through the Investigation and Resolution Centre resolve less serious incidents, which do not require a face to face visit, over the phone.

Local policing is at the heart of everything we do and is the foundation for keeping you, your families and the wider community safe

You can read the Local Policing Model document to find out more.

Sussex Police Transformation 2018-2022

Following a raise in the local precept we will be using extra funding to strengthen our local policing model, to improve the ways for the public to contact us and further modernise our service to meet the shifting challenges of today’s policing.   

With this investment we will see:

The recruitment of hundreds of police officers over the next four years to work across Sussex, which will give us an additional 200 police officers than we have got today. 

  • The protection of close to 500 posts planned for removal as a result of the savings plan.
  • A constant review of PCSO recruitment in addition to an increase in officers.
  • Additional officers joining local Prevention Teams to increase visibility and accessibility, encouraging people to talk and share their knowledge of their neighbourhood and solve local community issues such as anti-social behaviour. This will enable a wider spread of local prevention resources and a greater capacity to work with communities and partners to address local concerns.
  • Increased resources within the Community Investigations Teams, a successfully proven element of the new local policing model, to meet demand better as they deal with crime series, such as burglary and organised crime.    
  • Improved ways for the public to contact the police about non-emergency matters in ways that are convenient to them, including a new online portal for reporting incidents and contacting the police.
  • Continued modernisation of services so that officers and staff have the right skills and tools to respond to the increasingly complex policing challenges they face, such as automatic number plate recognition technology in all frontline vehicles to support aims to reduce injuries on the road and fight crime.

More officers will work where they are most needed, prioritising the areas where communities face the greatest challenges and where the force is most stretched.

To read more about our plans read the 2018-22 Transformation Strategy document.

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