70 new recruits will start patrolling Sussex in the new year. Image: Sussex Police

Training of 70 new police officers nearly complete

Seventy new police officers – the largest intake in ten years – are now in their final days of intensive training and assessment, getting ready to go out on the streets across Sussex in the new year.

Each constable will join a local response team in January following completion of 15 weeks of rigorous training.

They will be seen out working in the community alongside their dedicated tutors in a few weeks, as they progress towards independent patrol status.

Council tax

This record intake was funded by this year’s rise in council tax.

More than 200 new constables have now been recruited this year to help strengthen local policing.

The recruits have been undergoing practical scenario assessments at Sussex Police headquarters in Lewes.

Presented with live situations acted by volunteers, the recruits are being assessed on how they put legislation and policing powers into practice.

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