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Sussex Police launches campaign for new detectives

Monday (6 January) sees the launch of Sussex Police’s first fast-track detective development programme and the force is looking for degree holders who are tenacious, inquisitive and want to seek justice for victims of crime.

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Being a detective is demanding, diverse and fulfilling. From cyber-crime, domestic abuse and child protection, through to homicide, high level drugs importation and serious organised crime; a detective helps solve some of the most serious crimes possible. Analysing the evidence, interviewing suspects, taking cases to court; it’s about uncovering the truth. 

Detective Chief Superintendent, Steve Boniface, Head of Crime for Sussex Police said: “As crime and technology evolves, our need for investigative roles is greater and more important than it’s ever been. As a result we’re investing in the recruitment and development of detectives and investigators across Sussex. 

“We’ve taken significant steps internally to identify and promote the detectives of the future; however, we’re also looking at new ways to bring those who are interested in investigations, yet may not have considered a policing career, into our organisation. 

“Through this exciting and innovative development programme, those with degrees are able to undertake an intensive two-year learning approach, specialising in the investigative function, and work towards their detective accreditation. I’m delighted to launch this new entry route today and welcome applications from those who want to help make a difference, together.” 

The Fast Track Detective Development Programme is an innovative two-year practice based approach aimed at existing degree holders of any subject areas. Successful recruits will be employed as a police officer from day one, gaining valuable experience of the police officer role while studying towards their accreditation as a detective. 

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I hope that this recruitment campaign will encourage a new group of diverse and brilliant individuals to help contribute to this vital area of policing. 

“Detectives ensure effective investigations, identifying and pursuing criminals using cutting edge technology and traditional skills. All police forces – including Sussex – need to improve their solved rates to increase community confidence and protect our most vulnerable residents. Increasing the number of specialist trained officers will do much to achieve this. 

“This is a great opportunity to make a real difference and there is no limit to where this career can take you.” 

If you’re tenacious, inquisitive and observant; an excellent communicator, problem solver and able to gain the trust of those around you, but most importantly want to uncover the truth and get results for victim then this could be the opportunity for you. To apply, visit the website.

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Tune in LIVE this morning at 11am – your questions about policing in Crawley answered

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At 11am this morning you can tune in live to watch a panel of the town and counties police and community leaders answer questions put to them by readers, residents and businesses across the town.

This unique event, months in the planning, will be your chance to hear the answers about policing in Crawley that you have wanted.

The event kicks off at 11am and can be watched live here: https://sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/518275

But if you cannot make the LIVE event you will be able to watch it back in the archive afterwards.

The panel being questioned includes Crawey’s MP Henry Smith, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, Chief Inspector Shane Baker, Ashwin Soni of the Crawley Interfaith Network and Neil Cooper, Chair of the Crawley BID with Crawley News 24 chairing the event.

For anyone who feels that they would like follow up questions after the event, they can email them to CN24 at newsdesk@crawleynews24.co.uk and we will ensure the questions are followed up.

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