Sussex Police Launch Recruitment Drive

Monday 17th June 2019

Sussex Police launches Police Officer recruitment drive, applications now open (closing date 01/07/2019)

As a result of the increased funding to the precept from the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sussex Police launch their latest recruitment drive today and are looking for people who have got what it takes to join them on the front-line as a Police Officer.

Being a Police Officer is one of the most personally rewarding, challenging and diverse careers available. Tackling crime, taking knives off the streets, engaging and educating young people and being the person everyone looks towards for help; no two days are the same.

Officers are dedicated to keeping communities safe and feeling safe, identifying and protecting vulnerable people, preventing and responding to harm. It is a vital role in our mission to protect and serve the people of Sussex. Which is why we are looking for people who have the judgment to make quick decisions; are confident to be the first person in; have the compassion and empathy to help those in need; who will have their colleagues back no matter what and the resilience to serve our community every single day.

In return, successful recruits are promised a good starting salary, great training experiences, opportunities for progression through the ranks or within specialist fields such as detective, firearms and public protection and the pride that comes from helping others.

A first for Sussex Police, individuals can now join as an officer through one of two new entry routes, created by the College of Policing with the demands of modern day policing in mind. Launching in Sussex in December 2019, the police constable degree apprenticeship offers three-year apprenticeship programme where individuals will study towards a degree in professional policing practice. The Degree Holder Entry Programme is aimed at existing degree holders of any subject area and will launch in early 2020. Offering a two-year practice based programme, individuals receive a level six graduate diploma in professional policing practice.

Chief Constable Giles York said: I am delighted Sussex Police is launching this recruitment drive for the next three years to find the next generation of police officers. As a result of the precept increase, I am pleased to welcome applications for our 2020 police officer cohorts. The public will see more policing where it is needed most, always prioritising areas where communities face the greatest challenges.

I believe being a police officer is one of the most personally rewarding, challenging and diverse careers available. It will appeal to those who want to make a difference, offering a lifetime of opportunities and I am particularly appealing to those who may never have thought policing was for them.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: I am pleased that the recruitment window is open again for police officers in Sussex, continuing our biggest recruitment drive in 10 years. It is also encouraging that every successful applicant will be accepted through the new entry routes, making them even better equipped to face the challenges of modern day policing.

I know from speaking extensively to residents that they value their police force very highly and they want to see more visible policing in the areas where they live and work. Sussex residents deserve the very best police force and I am confident that we will attract high calibre candidates who will serve all our communities well. If you feel you have what it takes and want to play your part, we look forward to receiving your application.

For more information, and to apply today, visit:

Sussex Police

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