New police recruits go out on patrol
A brother and sister are among 60 new police constables and 22 new PCSOs on patrol having completed their initial training. The new recruits are bringing a host of skills to communities across the county.
Katie, 23, and Joe Salter, 20, have recently started on patrol in Brighton. They are the third generation of siblings in their family who work together – their father’s family as firemen and grandfather’s in printing.
Their family’s advice is to support each other and that is just what they’ve done throughout their training.
The sister and brother team are among 60 new police officers on patrol in Sussex – 17 for Brighton & Hove, nine for East Sussex and 34 for West Sussex.
They have completed a 10 week initial course including law, first aid, IT, personal safety and interview training. In addition they ahve taken part in scenarios and court simulation and a two week community placement before being posted to put what they have learned into practice under the guidance of tutor constable.
Katie Salter said: “I’m very calm and am a good listener and my Mum and Dad suggested when I was young that I would make a good police officer. I thought it was a good idea.
“I was a police cadet at Eastbourne when I was 15, studied criminology and psychology at Brighton University and joined the Met as a PCSO, working in Wimbledon for 20 months, before Sussex opened recruitment. My hard work has paid off and I’m relieved. I have the badge to show I am a police officer and I am proud to have it. It is what I have wanted to be since I was 14.”
Joe, like his sister, had worked as a lifeguard and became the youngsest duty manager at 18 at Hailsham Leisure Centre. I had wanted to be a fire fighter and follow in my father’s footsteps or work in the emergency services. I can handle stressful situations, keep people calm and take into account everyone’s circumstances. I feel I can make a difference. I enjoy getting up in the morning and coming to work and hope I will for years.”
A further 120 police officers are currently being processed for training next year.
Twenty two Police Community Support Officers have completed their initial course and are now being tutored on the streets.
They are among 600 people who applied for PCSO positions during a two week recruitment phase, many from diverse communities able to speak other languages including those from eastern europe.
The successful recruits have undertaking training on community-orientated problem solving, crime prevention, first aid and mental health awareness as part of their training.
Ania Raczynska, 35, has worked as a deputy manager in Eastbourne pubs for the last five years and is now a PCSO in the town. She said: “I love interacting with people and I am looking forward to getting to know my community as well as them getting to know me. Being Polish gives me an advantage in assisting Slavic speaking people who, because of the language barrier, have difficulty accessing services. I had applied to the Met, but having lived in Eastbourne for more than 5 years I am pleased to be starting my career with Sussex Police.”
PCSOs perform an important role within the community which includes dealing with low-level nuisance and anti-social behaviour, issuing fixed penalty tickets and conducting other duties that do not require the powers of a police officer. These officers provide valuable support to frontline police helping to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and help maintain visibility of the police within the local community.
The county’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, launched the recent recruitment campaigns.
She said: “I know the people of Sussex want to see more visible policing in the areas in which they live and work so I am delighted to see these officers now out on patrol having completed their initial training.
“PCSOs and Police Constables reflect the diversity of the communities they work in and are a vital part of the neighbourhood policing model, which residents tell me they value very highly.
“I believe residents deserve the very best police force, which is why the recruitment and training process is so rigorous – to ensure that officers of the highest calibre are serving the people of Sussex.”
Chief Constable Giles York said: “The new recruits will bring a range of skills and experiences and will have the drive to make a difference in the communities they serve. Police Constables and PCSOs are an integral part of policing in Sussex, working closely with the community to protect them, cut crime and help manage disorder at a local level.”