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Op Sceptre – National Knife Crime Awareness and Action Week
Operation Sceptre, originally started by the Metropolitan Police Service, is a twice-yearly run campaign that aims to tackle the danger that knife crime poses by educating those most at risk and carrying out proactive work that takes knives off our streets.
Together with 44 police forces, Sussex saw a host of tactics and targeted action during the week, this included:
-Test shops on selling knives to under-18's
-carrying out more stop and search
-speaking to young people in schools/colleges
-offering guidance on the behaviours associated with knife crime
-highlighting our no-questions asked amnesty bins at front offices
Wealden Prevention officers also visited local schools, colleges, and youth events in order to inform and educate young people about how to act if they feel pressured to carry a knife, and what to do if they feel in danger.
Youth Officers attended assemblies during the week, along with PC Adrian Cooper from the Youth Offenders Team gave group lessons on offensive weapons/knife crime which was very well received and some great conversations were had. Some 1-1 work was done with students during their lunchtime where a stall was set up with seized weapons shown to further highlight the dangers.
So far this week, over 12 schools and colleges have been visited across Sussex, and officers spoke with more than 1,900 young people in promoting and raising awareness around knife crime, offering support and advice to students, and educating them on the dangers of carrying knives and it's consequences.
This work will continue into the coming weeks.
Throughout the week local teams also took to the roads and parked up in high streets and supermarkets in and around Wealden. On Monday and Today (Friday) Prevention teams spoke to shoppers, and parents outside Tesco Uckfield and Crowborough, answering questions around knife crime, and offering parents advice on possible signs to look out for should they suspect their child to be carrying a knife.
Possible signs to look for:
-Are there any knives missing from your home?
-do you think your child is being bullied or been a recent victim of theft or bullying?
-Is school or college not going well, are they missing with an older network?
What to do if you suspect a child in your care is carrying a knife?
-if possible speak to them, or are there other adult/family members that can help?
-Remind them to walk away if confronted with threat of violence
-Talk to other parents or carer and share experiences, they may feel the same way, and together you may feel more able to act.
For more advice and support, parents and carers can contact ‘Family Lives’ on 0808 8002222 or visit www.familylives.org.uk
Forest Row Mobile Police Station
Wealden PCSO Lewis and Wealden Prevention staff attended Forest Row Community Centre on Tuesday the 12th to speak to local residents about local issues. The mobile police station can be used to report crime, obtain prevention advice and crime prevention tools to take home, as well as speak to local officers about local issues.
Should you have not got down to see us owing to the poor weather, the mobile Police Station will be heading to the Annual Parish Assembly at Groombridge Village Hall on the morning of 23rd of this month (Saturday) where you will be able to meet the Wealden Prevention team, including senior officers, local PCs and local PCSOs.
More information will be advertised on our social media platforms in the coming days.
Sussex Police welcomes a further 72 new officers
Sussex Police has welcomed a further 72 new PC recruits. This latest intake of officers, our largest in a decade, were sworn in at a formal ceremony last week.
They boost the total number of new constables in the last year to 270, much of the recruitment made possible by the increase in last year’s council tax.
The new recruits, who were welcomed by Assistant Chief Constable Nick May at the attestation ceremony at The Amex Stadium on March 6, have just started 15 weeks of intensive training and will join policing teams across Sussex this June.
New recruit PC Nathan Wells, who has 5 years’ experience as a police contact handler and force controller in Surrey, is looking forward to giving back to the community:
“I joined Sussex Police to help those in need. I want to be that public figure people know they can go to. I am looking forward to coming home after a hard day’s work and knowing I’ve made a positive impact on a person’s life.”
New recruit PC Fareesha Campin has run her own charity but becoming a police officer remained a lifelong ambition. “I believe now the time is right. I want to use the skills I’ve gained with charities working with both vulnerable adults and children to help people in communities in Sussex.”
“I want to make more of an active difference to my community in Brighton and Hove,” said PC Sophie King, a law graduate who has chosen the police over the legal practice.
“When I was younger I always looked up to the police, and I think it’s really important for me now to be a positive role model to the children within my community.”
Assistant Chief Constable Nick May said: “I was delighted to personally welcome the 72 new officers at the ceremony and launch them on their new careers. As Assistant Chief Constable for local policing, I am pleased to see so many new officers who will be joining policing teams across Sussex in June 2019.
“This is our largest recruitment of constables in a decade and is part of an ongoing recruitment of over 800 officers in the next three years, resulting in a growth of 200 new officers by 2022.
“This game-changing increase in recruitment, made possible by the increase in the council tax policing precept, will make a difference to the communities of Sussex, improving our visibility and strengthening local policing where most needed.”
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am pleased to see another 72 warranted officers welcomed into Sussex Police this week as they continue on their four-year recruitment drive made possible by the support from local taxpayers.
“With an extra 250 officers, 50 specialist investigators and 100 PCSOs in Sussex Police’s recruitment plans, the public can be reassured that their investment will be spent in further strengthening local policing.
“I look forward to meeting this new cohort of officers and following their training and deployment as they acquire the unique skills and experience so valued by our local communities.”
PCSO recruitment opens in Sussex (applications close midnight 25th March)
Prevention Officers attended various College careers day this week across the County, where PCSOs answered questions from students looking to join Sussex Police, and gave direct accounts of what their day to day duties included.
Officers also spoke to students about our new PCSO apprenticeship programme that combines on the job and off the job learning; resulting in achieving a diploma in Community Policing Practice which is a level 4 qualification.
This is a job that matters to the public, but it also matters to us.
You’ll be a hugely important part of the Sussex Police team and, as such, we will give you:
• Starting salary of £21,507 plus shift allowance in the region of £5,000 per year
• 24 days holiday a year (increasing to 29 days after 5 years’ service).
• A place on our PCSO apprenticeship programme.
• Lifestyle Discounts including discounted gym membership, discounted travel and eye care scheme.
• Cycle to Work scheme - you can obtain a new bike to travel to work through your salary, saving on tax and national insurance.
• Employee Assistance Programme covering a range of health, wellbeing and lifestyle support
• Staff Support Networks including Evolve (gender equality), Race Equality, LGBT and Enable (disability & carers' association)
Want to find out more: https://www.lumesse-engage.com/policejobssurreyandsussex/jobs/police-community-support-officer-pcso-sxp-cmpg00107-1
Overnight on Thursday last week, a property in Springwood Road Heathfield, and Oaklands Road Pevensey were broken into where the suspect has gained entry via back doors. Glass has been smashed and suspects have entered taking personal items, jewellery and laptops. Residents have been spoken to and house to house enquiries are ongoing – Residents can secure their properties further by reviewing their existing security measures, such as rear security lights, reinforced glass on rear doors/windows, or chains across door as an extra prevention measure. (CAD 0016 of 07/03 relates)
In the small hours of the 5th suspects have attempted to gain entry to a newsagents along London Road in Crowborough. Fortunately the security at the shop has prevented any entry, shop owners In the local area have been given Prevention advice. (0477 of 08/03 relates)
Reports of garage breaks in the area of Seven Sisters Road Lower Willingdon (0618 of 08/03 relates) whereby suspects have tampered with locks on garage doors occurred overnight on the 8-9th March – one garage padlock was forced by suspects and a boat motor engine was taken, unfortunately no lines of enquiry are available, residents if you saw anything or have noticed anything suspicious around these garages please call us on 101, email email@example.com or online at sussex.police.uk
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