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Electric cars introduced for police across Sussex & Surrey

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has announced that some police across Sussex and Surrey will be using electric cars.

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Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.

Electric cars will be used for non-response, unmarked police vehicles across Sussex and Surrey, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has announced.

30 BMW i3s per force are set to be deployed on division and in departmental unmarked roles, to replace costly fossil-fuelled vehicles, which had already been identified for replacement during the 2018/19 financial year.

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Mrs Bourne is the ‘driving’ force behind this move towards a greener more efficient police fleet in Sussex. She says the switch will initially save up to £120,000 over five years, just from the reduced fuel, servicing, maintenance and repair costs.

She said:

“I am pleased to see Sussex Police and our partners in Surrey Police taking this innovative step towards cutting their carbon footprint by introducing a more energy-efficient fleet of vehicles.

“As PCC, I have and will continue to explore every opportunity to deliver effective policing whilst reducing costs to local taxpayers. Using these electric cars for certain kinds of police work will not only help to save money but will also be better for our environment, reducing our co2 emissions by more than 470 tonnes over the next 5 years. 

“As the vehicles have been bought at a large discount it reduces the depreciation to virtually zero and the price of fuelling is less than a third of a conventionally powered pool car. We are spending public money so it is vitally important to me that the force find pioneering new ways, like this one, to transform the way things are done whilst still keeping pace with operational requirements.”

The vehicles can be driven for more than 100 miles between charges which mean they could be useful on day-to-day policing activities, such as being used by officers visiting victims or witnesses to take statements, as part of door-to-door inquiries or by crews on short patrols.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry said:

“With an ever-increasing demand to meet future policing needs, these electric vehicles will enable our staff and officers to carry out their daily tasks while also reducing emissions and running costs.

“Modernising policing is a key component of our 18-22 Transformation Plan, and this investment demonstrates our determination to push forward with substantial change, collaboration and technology-driven improvements.

“The BMW i3s will be assessed following a three-year pilot scheme.”

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Crawley teen girl one of four arrested during police drugs operation

A man and three teenagers were arrested during a drugs operation at The Level in Brighton over two days.

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A 15-year-old Hove boy and a 16-year-old girl from Crawley were arrested by police officers on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cannabis and burglary with intent to steal and a 16-year-old girl from Brighton, was detained on suspicion of burglary with intent to steal on Thursday (16 August). They were questioned and released under investigation.

On Friday (17 August) a 23-year-old Brighton man was arrested after he ran from police officers through the children’s play area at The Level. He was detained on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis after a large quantity of the drug worth several hundreds of pounds was seized (pictured) along with cash and other drugs paraphernalia. He was also arrested on suspicion of possession of heroin. He has also been released under investigation.

Chief Inspector Rachel Swinney said:

“Our prevention officers, who play a crucial role in helping tackle local issues, have been targeting suspected drug dealers at The Level using high visibility patrols, covert patrols and our passive drugs dog. We are also trying to identify drug users to direct them to agencies who can support them.

“If anyone suspects drug dealing is going on or has any information about it please contact us.”

You can report suspicious behaviour or drug dealing at our website or ring 101.
For advice and information about drugs see the Sussex Police drug advice page.

* Prevention teams play a crucial role in helping tackle local issues and where possible prevent them happening in the first place. The recent council tax increase will be used to strengthen these local teams.

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