Join us for 10 Days Live
A series of live events across Sussex are set to launch for 10 days next week, giving people an insight into how the police really works.
This is the first time a police force has opened up different areas to members of the public, both online and in person, for 10 consecutive days. It follows on from the success of the 24 hour live event in 2011 which reached more than 80,000 people with web chats, interactive walkabouts and access-all-areas cameras – also a first for the police.
From Friday July 26 to Saturday, August 3, there will be over 25 events running. People will be able to visit stations, watch live broadcasts and take part in webchats to allowing people see exactly what the police can be involved in day to day.
Broadcasts will include live on a Saturday night with emergency response, on dog patrol at Gatwick Airport, behind the scenes with crime scene investigators and a day in the life of a police constable.
Chief Constable Martin Richards said: “There’s far more to working for Sussex Police than many people might realise, with huge amounts of work going on behind the scenes involving all sorts of specialist skills. People have a right to know what we do, to question us and share their ideas. Sussex Police People: 10 days live’ will give people the opportunity to do just that.
“When people see protests with officers in all their protective gear it might look scary, particularly for young people who might not realise it’s to stop the officers getting hurt. What is seen in the media is a snap-shot, rather than the realities of policing.”
The 10 Days Live event starts on Thursday, July 25 at Kingstanding, the Force’s training facility in the Ashdown Forest, where 100 lucky competition winners aged between 11 and 16 will see what it’s like to be part of the police for a day. Of the 100 entries four overall winners – a best group and best individual entry for the 11 to 13 and 14 to 16 categories – will be announced on the event day. You can help vote for the overall winners by voting online at http://www.sussexpolicepeople.co.uk/vote/8
The teenagers will use kit to investigate a car crash, deploy search dogs, forensically examine a crime scene, watch a public order scenario and find out what it takes to be a police officer. This will all be broadcast live on the Sussex Police website.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, who is helping to choose winners for the competition, said: “I have pledged to uphold the highest standards of transparency and openness in office and this unique programme of live events will highlight often unseen aspects of modern policing, which the public, quite rightly, should know about. During the 10 days my monthly performance and accountability meeting with the Chief Constable will be webcast [on Friday 26 July] so the public can watch as it happens live. These meetings focus on Sussex Police’s performance against the priorities and objectives set out in the Police & Crime Plan, which local people and businesses have said are important to them.
“I would also like to recognise the vital role that our volunteers are playing over the 10 days. Special Constables, Cadets and other Sussex Police volunteers will be sharing their experiences of the practical and police-related activities they take part in every week across the county. I hope they will inspire other people to consider volunteering.”
On Saturday, July 27 a live broadcast will show officers out and about policing Hastings at night in the town centre and the whole 10 days will end with cameras following officers in Brighton working on Pride, one of the biggest events of the year.
As well as these events, which will be shown live on the website, people will also be invited into some of the buildings across the Force, to talk to officers and get access to places they wouldn’t necessarily normally see. On July 26, there will be a family orientated day at Chichester Police Station, on Monday, July 29, members of the public are invited into Eastbourne Police Station, July 30 at Brighton’s John Street station, July 31 at Lewes and for the first time in many years the police headquarters will open its gates on August 1.
For a full event plan for what is happening in your area visit www.sussexpolicepeople.co.uk
During the 10 days follow us on Twitter @sussex_police and use the hashtag #10dayslive