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38 new constables sworn in as local police numbers grow

The promise of increase numbers is now becoming a reality.

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This latest intake sworn in on Wednesday (December 5) boosts the total number of new constables this year to 208, much of the recruitment made possible by this year’s rise in council tax.

Chief Constable Giles York and Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne welcomed the new recruits in to the police family at their attestation ceremony at The Amex Stadium at Falmer and the start of their intensive 15 week course.

They join our biggest intake of 70 officers who are completing their training at headquarters in Lewes before being seen out in the community with their tutors next month.

Chief Constable Giles York said:

“I am excited. The ceremony absolutely marks the beginning of a career for them and as the chief constable for Sussex Police, I want to be able to welcome them personally, launch them on their career and set really clear expectations, not only for me, not only for the force, but actually on behalf of the public as well.

“The current recruitment profile for Sussex is game changing for us. Over the next four years we will be recruiting 800 new officers into the organisation. That’s a growth of 200.

“I have been with Sussex Police for ten years and for nearly all of that time we’ve been trying to save money. Only in the last year have we been able to turn a corner, a shift in the precept up to £12. Projecting that forward over the next three years as well has allowed us to absolutely start recruiting in a way that we haven’t been able to. It’s a game changer for the organisation and more importantly it’s a game changer for the public.”

PCC Katy Bourne said:

“I’m really excited to watch them as they take their oath and swear allegiance to Sussex Police and to protect the people of Sussex in front of their family, their friends and their loved ones. It’s a really, really important moment for them, but also for the people of Sussex, because these are the new officers that in about three months’ time will be on the streets, protecting all of us and keeping us safe.

“Having paid a bit more in local council tax, the residents in Sussex have been very clear saying they want more visible policing. The only way you get more visibility is to get more officers onto the streets.

“In four years’ time we will have 200 more than we currently have today and the 38 officers are part of that recruitment drive. It’s really exciting seeing local people’s council tax money being put to really good use. That’s what they want, visible policing, and that’s exactly where the local council tax precept is going.”

View the ceremony below:

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Crawley joins money-saving initiative

Crawley Borough Council has become one of the founding members of the Local Government Mutual, helping to save money every year.

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The mutual aims to save its members money by offering an effective alternative to the conventional insurance products and services available to local authorities.

Any surpluses the mutual generates may be used to reduce the cost of insurance, improve the claims process or returned back to members as income.

The structure of the mutual means the council will not pay insurance premium tax, currently set at 12 per cent, on the vast majority of insurance products.

As well as saving money, the mutual puts councils in control by working together, sharing knowledge of best practice and reducing members’ risk exposure without increased costs.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Peter Lamb, said:

“It’s great to see Crawley Borough Council become a founding member of this initiative. The mutual is another way the council is saving money to put back into services and to reduce the forecasted budget gap.”

As a member, the council can still choose between the mutual and private companies for its insurance. However, the mutual can offer price matching or better cover that is up-to-date with changes in local authorities’ organisational and operational activities.  

The council can insure through the mutual from 1 April 2020.

Find out more about the Local Government Mutual here: www.local.gov.uk/new-local-government-mutual


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