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Night Coppers: A unique insight into a job like no other

‘Courageous’. ‘Huge respect’. ‘A real insight’.

Sussex Police has been blown away by the support shown for its police officers after Tuesday’s (July 12) broadcast of Night Coppers and are proud of the overwhelming courage, commitment and compassion shown by officers in the programme, and demonstrated every day by the wider workforce.

The eight-part Channel 4 documentary provides viewers with an insight into the realities of policing Brighton and Hove after dark. It features officers and staff at different stages in their careers, with Tuesday’s episode placing a spotlight on some younger officers and their experiences joining the policing service.

Chief Superintendent Justin Burtenshaw, Divisional Commander for Brighton and Hove, said: “Night Coppers is a unique opportunity for us to show a different side of policing and concentrate on the people behind the uniform.

“It’s important to not only show the realities we face, but the compassion and empathy our officers show day in, day out, to keep the public safe while taking the most proportionate action.

“As a vocational career, and with the draw of obtaining a fully funded degree while working, policing typically attracts a younger recruit. Every officer seen on the street, however, has been rigorously trained and is fully equipped to deal with the unknown.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the team. Regardless of length of service or age, they provide a tremendous support to our community and would like to thank the public for the outpouring of positivity they have received since the series’ broadcast.”

To any viewers considering a career in policing, you will be embarking on a remarkable, uniquely challenging, extraordinarily rewarding journey which will make a tangible difference to people’s lives.

All new recruits go through extensive training at Sussex Police Headquarters, including some online learning, before joining dedicated coaching units on division where they are partnered with an experienced police officer for 20 weeks to achieve independent patrol status. They will then move into response teams and continue to access support, guidance and training as they progress their policing career.

The next episode of Night Coppers will air on Channel 4 at 9pm on Tuesday (July 19). Episodes are available to watch on catch-up on All 4.


66 new police officers welcomed by Sussex Police

This week, Sussex Police welcomed 66 new police officers who have joined the force through the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship and Degree Holder Entry Programme and embark on a challenging and exciting career which promises to be like no other.

Joined by family and friends, the 66 new recruits were formally sworn in at an attestation ceremony on Monday, July 4th at East Sussex National hotel. Sussex Police Chief Constable Jo Shiner, joined by the High Sheriff of East Sussex Jane King and Magistrate Neil Fulbrook JP, witnessed the new recruits swearing their allegiance to the Crown and were presented with their warrant cards.

Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: “As a police officer, your attestation day is an important milestone of your policing career and is a moment that all new recruits embrace with great pride and honour. I was pleased to have met each of the 66 recruits at the event and have the opportunity to wish them well in, what I still believe is, the best job in the world.

“Each day our officers are able to make a fundamental difference to the communities of Sussex – protecting the most vulnerable, catching criminals and ensuring that victims and witnesses receive the outstanding service that they deserve. It is not a job that everyone can do, requiring great resilience, compassion and a deep desire to do what is right for others and I’m delighted that these individuals, from all experiences and backgrounds, have chosen to become a Sussex police officer.

We are open for recruitment at the moment and I would urge anyone who wants to make a difference, build friendships for life and be there when it matters to take a look at our careers pages and apply now.”

To read the full story and see a video from some of the new recruits, please click on the link or go to our website. 



Burglary / Vehicle Crime 

Riverside carpark, Shoreham – between 27th June and 30th June, a vehicle was entered and items moved but nothing stolen. No damage was caused to the vehicle. Cad 1107 13/07/22. 

Heene Road, Worthing – between 9th & 14th July, a door was damaged and entry gained to a property where jewellery was stolen. Cad 1070 14/07/22. 

Ethelwulf Road, West Tarring – at approximately 3am 14th July, an attempt was made to enter a property. The attempt failed, no entry was gained and nothing was stolen. Cad 0261 14/07/22. 

Hurst Avenue, Worthing – between 0700hrs and 1900hrs 5th July, a moped was stolen. Cad 0836 17/07/22. 

Carnegie Road, Broadwater – between 2100hrs 7th July and 1845hrs 15th July, an Audi A6 was stolen. Cad 1321 15/07/22. 

Barrington Road, Goring – between 0850hrs and 1725hrs 14th July, a catalytic converter was stolen from a Honda Civic. Cad 1217 15/07/22. 

Downsway, Southwick – between 1630hrs 14th July and 0800hrs 15th July, a Nissan Sunny was stolen. Cad 0907 15/07/22. 

Rectory Gardens, Broadwater – between 2200hrs 14th July and 0730hrs 15th July, a Nissan Micra was stolen. Cad 0348 15/07/22. 

Wyke Avenue, Worthing – between midnight and 0400hrs 14th July, tools were stolen from an insecure vehicle. Cad 1216 14/07/22. 

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