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On 1st January Sussex Police celebrated its 50th anniversary. It has been exactly five decades since the borough forces of Hastings, Eastbourne, and Brighton, and the county forces of East Sussex and West Sussex, came together in January 1968 to form Sussex Police.
Back then we saw the introduction of the Ford Escort, rock band Led Zeppelin and BBC sitcom Dad’s Army.
It is also the year five and ten pence coins were introduced in preparation for decimalisation in 1971, the M1 was completed and the first Isle of Wight Festival was held.
But while much has changed since then, including the way Sussex Police operates, the force’s core values remain the same – protecting people from harm, catching criminals and keeping communities safe.
Chief Constable Giles York said: “Over the past 50 years, we’ve seen a number of changes which have been necessary in order to maintain and improve our policing services. However, much remains the same, as outlined by our force priorities – to keep communities’ safe and feeling safe, to identify and protect vulnerable people, and to prevent and respond to harm.
“We are a workforce of individuals who serve with dedication, professionalism and moral courage. While doing so, our staff and officers have empathy, they have good humour in going about their duties, and most of all they have compassion.
“The landscape of policing has changed so much over 50 years. I am heartened by how strong we are as a force today, and I really do believe we are in a strong position to continue to protect our communities across the county.
“That’s why I invite you to join us in celebrating 50 years of Sussex Police.”
Throughout the next 12 months, we will be exploring a number of themes which show how dramatically things have changed – while others have remained almost exactly the same – over the past 50 years since Sussex Police formed.
Crime summary On 30 December 2017 a number of garages were broken into on Church Lane, Haywards Heath (Ref: 0499 30/12)
On 31 December between 2pm – 11pm a shed was broken into and tools were stolen in Lower Dicker, Hailsham (Ref: 0977 31/12).
On Monday 1 January 2018 between 4pm – 7am the following day, on Peelings Lane, Pevensey, a burglary occurred in which the patio doors to the property were smashed (Ref: 0185 02/01).
Between 4pm on Friday 29 December – 9am Tuesday 2 January the back door to a property on Inkpen Lane, Forest Row, was smashed and someone entered the property (Ref: 0269 02/01).
On Wednesday 3 January between 11pm the previous evening and 5am that morning a garage was broken into, in which a number of tools were stolen on Milland Road, Hailsham (Ref: 0194 03/01)
Operation Blitz notification of this weekend’s phone number
This weekend’s phone number is: 07912 894482
Please use the above number to contact the team direct to report anti-social behaviour between the hours of 6pm and midnight on Friday and Saturday.
This phone number should not be used to report any other crime or incident. To report crime and incidents please contact us online, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Update on last weekend’s Operation Blitz activity
The weather played its part in keeping the streets quiet last weekend. We had additional resources in Uckfield to tackle ongoing issues with anti-social behaviour, but there was no specific incidents to report. On Friday, the team did come across a group of youths who had been refused entry to a house party in Hellingly. They had a significant amount of alcohol with them which we confiscated.
National Fraud Survey – From The Neighbourhood Watch Network
The Neighbourhood Watch Network is looking to learn more about people’s experience of fraud and the support available to victims. Can you spare us two minutes to take our national survey today? All results are completely anonymous and will help us understand how Neighbourhood Watch can improve the support offered to victims of fraud. Click on the link below to take the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FraudVictimSurvey
Please note the survey will close on Wednesday 10th January 2018. Thank you very much. The Neighbourhood Watch Network team