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"I really welcome your interest in joining Sussex Police. It is a privilege to lead the team in Sussex who continuously work selflessly and tirelessly in order to keep people in our county safe. I am looking for talented and inspirational people who put the needs of the public at the heart of everything that they do and who want to make a difference. So if you feel that you are that person, then I want to hear from you. I wish you all the very best with your application."

Chief Constable Giles York

Sussex is one of the largest counties in the UK, and is divided into three Divisions, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex. The vibrant City of Brighton & Hove is a lively, diverse and rapidly expanding city, which boasts good transport links to the capital. The county also has a varied mix of smaller coastal towns and different rural communities, with some of England's most attractive countryside. Towards the north of Sussex the UK's second largest airport, Gatwick, can be found, which sees millions of passengers each year travelling to around 200 destinations worldwide.

This is an exciting time to join Sussex Police, as we are going through considerable modernisation to transform what we do, how we operate to the highest standards, and how we improve our service to local communities.

Our Chief Constable's vision for policing in Sussex in 2020 sees us 'protecting our communities, prioritising those who are most vulnerable to harm, and being relentless in the pursuit of criminals, as well as operating efficiently to a reduced budget and being a modern, trusted workforce with integrity at our core'.

A police officer's role is about more than working to reduce crime. It is now just as much about reducing the fear of crime, working in partnership with communities to make a real difference and improve the quality of life for everyone.

If you're an experienced Detective from a Home Office force and would like to work in Public Protection or Investigations in West Sussex (particularly Crawley) or Brighton & Hove, or you are an experienced PC and would like to work in our Response teams (particular in West Sussex), then we'd like to hear from you.

Public Protection

We're looking to recruit accredited Detectives to join our Public Protection team in West Sussex (particularly Crawley) or Brighton & Hove. We are particularly keen to hear from officers who have either experience or an interest in Public Protection including: domestic abuse, child sexual abuse, stalking and serious sexual assaults.

Public Protection Teams conduct specialist investigations to pursue those who target and exploit societies most vulnerable. They undertake specialist safeguarding and work with partners to protect people who are at greatest risk and are unable to protect themselves.


We’re looking for Detectives to work in our Divisional Investigations Teams in West Sussex (particularly Crawley) or Brighton & Hove. If you're an experienced Detective from a Home Office force we'd like to hear from you. These roles have been re-modelled as part of our modernisation plans and are an exciting opportunity for experienced and substantive Detectives to work in.


If you are an experienced PC from a Home Office force, have completed your probationary period and would like to work in our Response Teams, particular for our West Sussex Division, then we would like to hear from you.
We are looking for response officers who see themselves as risk managers, and can make difficult decisions that stand up to scrutiny. For this, officers will need to be comfortable in using the tools available; the NDM and THRIVE, which will help you to understand the problem, assess the risk and tackle the issues.

ARV Firearms

Operations Command are looking for applications from police constables to join their successful team in delivering armed policing to the counties of Surrey and Sussex. We are looking for officers who are currently qualified as ARV staff or who have been ARV qualified in the last three years. You will be based in Gatwick and work across Surrey and Sussex delivering a service to both forces.

You may find the following FAQ documents useful:

What Sussex Police can offer you…

  • National Salary plus £1500 South East allowance.
  • Police pension
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) covering a range of health, wellbeing and lifestyle issues
  • Support and advice from Occupational Health and a range of staff associations and access to a range of services - Charitable Trust and Police Mutual
  • Childcare Vouchers. You can use the vouchers to pay for registered or approved childcare, this includes nurseries, childminders, breakfast and after school clubs and can be used for children up to the age of 16.
  • Access to subsidised gym (depending on location)
  • Staff Support Networks which include: Evolve, Race Equality Network, Gay Police Association and Sussex Police Disability & Careers Association.
  • Lifestyle Discounts which include travel subsidiaries, an eye care scheme and many many more

We are currently accepting transferee applications - If you are interested in one of these roles, and the exciting opportunity to work in Sussex, please visit our vacancies page and search 'Transferee' in the 'keyword' field.

During the selection process you will be asked to identify which role you are interested in and which Division you would prefer.

Your preference will be accommodated where we can but we can't guarantee this will always be possible.