In her latest communication, the police and crime commissioner announced the creation of a new team tasked with helping victims of serious sexual crime – the Sexual Offences Investigation Trained team.
It consists of 22 specially trained investigators – a mixture of police officers and staff – who will act as a consistent point of contact from the first reporting of the crime right through to the court process, and accounts for most of the new posts financed by the uplift in last year’s precept.
Sussex Police is continuing to strengthen local policing, too.
Since April it has recruited 140 new constables, and 70 new recruits have just started their police training.
This is the largest increase in the numbers of new police officers since 2008 and is part of the force’s target to recruit 800 officers over the next four years, leading to an overall increase of 200 by the year 2022.
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In addition, 34 new police community support officers commenced service in Sussex this month, increasing the force’s complement by nearly ten per cent more than planned.
Meanwhile, Action Fraud has warned about an increase in reports about fake Netflix emails claiming that there is an issue with your account, or that your account has been suspended.
The email states that you need to update your account details in order to resolve the problem. The link in the emails leads to genuine-looking Netflix phishing websites designed to steal your username and password, as well as payment details.
The final Worthing Town Centre event of this year takes place on Saturday in Montague Square where we will, as usual, be offering free bike marking services on production of satisfactory ID.
On Monday the Lancing Community Panel meets at 7pm in the Lancing Parish Hall bar area, and the East Worthing Community Panel meets at 6.30pm at East Worthing Community Centre, in Pages Lane, on Tuesday.
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