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Sussex Police is the territorial police force responsible for policing East Sussexmarker, West Sussexmarker and City of Brighton and Hovemarker in southern Englandmarker.


There were originally separate forces for East and West Sussex, along with the boroughs of Brightonmarker, Hastingsmarker and Eastbournemarker. These forces were temporarily merged during the Second World War, from 1943 to 1947. The current amalgamated forces dates from January 1, 1968.


For policing purposes, Sussex is divided into four geographical Basic Command Units (BCUs) known locally as Divisions, each Division being led by a Chief Superintendent. Divisions are divided into districts, each led by a Chief Inspector, providing a local identify for policing. A fifth BCU provides policing for Gatwick Airport.

Districts are further divided into Neighbourhood Response Teams (NRTs), each led by an Inspector. An initiative phased in during the last couple of years sees the introduction of Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs). The NPTs are responsible for the bulk of the community work undertaken in an area, and look to deal with long term local issues including Anti-Social Behaviour. Their role stems from the traditional view of 'bobbies on the beat' with Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) providing a high visibility profile on the street, albeit with limited policing powers.Sussex Constabulary were at the centre of a controversy over the murder of James Ashley who was unarmed when shot.

Currently Martin Richards is the Chief Constable of Sussex Police.

Specialist Units

Roads Policing Department

The Sussex Police Roads Policing Department patrol the many roads in Sussex Including the countys motorway the M23 and the three big A-roads the A27, A23 and the A259. They use fully marked BMW 530d Touring, BMW X5's and still have some Mercedes-Benz E-class estates in service. They also have Ford Galaxys for Forensic Collision Investigation these are based at Shoreham Police Station. They also use unmarked Generation 8 & 9 Lancer Evolution's, Octavia VRS's as part of a join operation between Kent Police, Surrey Police and Hampshire Constabulary called Operation Crackdown
A Sussex Police BMW 530d Touring

Air Support Unit

Sussex Police operate an MD-902 helicopter, callsign Hotel 900 jointly with South East Coast Ambulance Service, providing both policing and emergency medical support to Sussex.

"Operations Department"

The operations departmeant consists of the Air suppourt unit,The police dog unit and the training and tactical public order unit. The TTPOU are based at a state of the art training base in Lewes and the Ashdown forest.

Sussex Police Authority

Sussex Police Authority has 9 councillors (drawn from the three councils), 3 justices of the peace, and 5 independent members.

Sussex Police Museum

The Sussex Police Museum in Brighton offers visitors a unique insight into the history of Sussex Police.

Opened on 4 May, 2005 by the The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Brighton & Hove. The museum is open to the public on a daily basis, and is not only educational but entertaining also.

The museum, which houses a large collection of police memorabilia, is situated in the old Brighton borough police station in the basement of the old Town Hall, Bartholomew Square, Brighton.

Police Cadets

Sussex Police, like many other forces have Police Cadets. Members of the VCC (Volunteer Cadet Corps) meet every Thursday at Police Stations across Sussex. They have an Identifiable Uniform which consists of:

Standard Issue Police Shirt and TieStandard Issue TrousersEpaulette saying "CADET" and a visible rank designation (normally chevrons).Standard Issue Police Cap with a Blue Band and Sussex Police Crest saying 'SUSSEX VCC'

Cadets learn many police skills as well as a broader sylabus including community projects and the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

Proposed merger with Surrey Police

Proposals had been made by the Home Secretary on March 20, 2006 to merge the force with Surrey Police forming a strategic police force for the area. The plans were effectively abandoned by the Home Office in July 2006.

See also


  1. [1]
  2. BBC NEWS | Politics | Police forces 'to be cut to 24'
  3. BBC NEWS | England | Southern Counties | Forces happy at 'no merger' news

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