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24 September 2019

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Police urging road users to support European-wide campaign to save lives

Surrey Police and Sussex Police are urging road users to pledge their support towards a European-wide campaign to save lives.
The forces will once again be supporting Project EDWARD (European Day Without A Road Death), which aims to bring casualty reduction and road safety to the forefront of people’s minds.
Watch the pledge from Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York here.

Increase in drunken and disruptive passengers halted in latest airport operation

A campaign to combat drunken and disruptive behaviour at Gatwick Airport has reached a successful conclusion.
Project Disrupt – formerly known as Operation Disrupt – was launched in 2015 with the following aims:
To prevent, reduce and control drunken or disruptive behaviour at the airport and on flights;
To raise awareness of the campaign through early engagement with passengers;
And to take robust action against those who compromise this.
This year, Sussex Police has worked more collaboratively with Gatwick Airport Ltd and its businesses, including retailers, restaurants and airlines, and all staff are encouraged to report any incidents as early as possible to enable officers to intervene and prevent situations from potentially escalating.
A total of 376 reports of problematic passengers were reported to police during the latest campaign, which ran from 1 May to 31 August. This is despite an increase of 106,475 passengers compared to the same period the previous year.
It also bucks the trend of recent years, which saw a steady increase of recorded incidents year-on-year (118 in 2015; 113 in 2016; 266 in 2017; and 379 in 2018).  Read more here.

Retired West Sussex teacher sentenced for online sex offending

A retired West Sussex teacher is starting an 18-month prison sentence for the online impersonation of different characters in order to pursue his fantasies and to engage with other like minded people.
David Gallichan, 63, of Haywards Heath Road, Balcombe, had already been given a suspended sentence three years ago for making and possessing indecent images of children
He has now been sent to prison, having appeared at Hove Crown Court on Tuesday 10 September, after admitting, at a previous hearing, attempting to communicate with a young girl, and two offences of failing to disclose holding a computer and using the computer without monitoring software.
in 2016 Gallichan had been given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) prohibiting him from keeping computers without software to allow the police to monitor his activities.
But Gallichan continued to use a laptop which he had hidden, on which he discussed fantasies of sexual abuse with other adults and spoke to teenagers online. Read more here.

Operation Sceptre - targeting knives and knife crime

We recently took part in #OpSceptre - a week-long focus on knife crime. We visited schools and spoke to the members of the public highlighting the dangers of carrying the knives.
Other activities included: targeted stop and search, test purchase operations and knife amnesty. 
Did you know, that we have knife amnesty bins at most police stations? You can drop off your unwanted knife, no questions asked, all year round.
We encourage you to use these facilities, as they remove dangerous weapons from the streets of Mid Sussex and create a safer environment for residents and visitors.

Trainee officers gain insight into faith communities

Greater knowledge and understanding of all the communities the force serves enables officers to more effectively engage and serve the people of Sussex.
That's why Multi-faith Day has become a regular part of police officer training, giving new recruits an opportunity to gain a greater insight into various faiths and cultures
More than 70 trainee police constables visited the Apple Tree Hindu temple, the Sikh Gudwara and the Islamic Centre & Masjid in Crawley last week where they met community members and found out more about their religions and ways of life.
Trainee PC Matt Seekings, who will join the Brighton and Hove policing team in November, said:
“It was a really enjoyable day and a great opportunity to meet with people of various religions and cultures and ask questions in a safe respectful learning environment.
“We found out how we can best serve and engage people of their faith and carry out our duty with maximum respect and minimum disruption. For example, if we were dealing with a sudden death or delivering the death message.”
“We as the police are here to serve the public interest and we can only do that effectively if we know, understand and respect the differences and diversity of our communities.”
As part of the cultural experience, the 72 trainees and their trainers also took part in meals – and in some cases, rolled up their sleeves and helped wash the dishes.
“We were really touched that volunteers at the Sikh Gudwara had got up early and cooked a meal for a group of 80,” said Matt. “So we wanted to pay them back by helping out with the dishes.” Read more here.


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