Audio: Revamped Neighbourhood Policing Team To Operate From November
27th September 2017| By Peter Chapman
Changes to the way in which Burgess Hill and the wider area are policed are due to come into force on November 6th 2017. Inspector Paul Wood gave a brief talk about the new setup to Burgess Hill Town Council last week.
Here's our audio recording of what he said:
The neighbourhood policing team will now be known as the Prevention Team from 6th November 2017.
Mid Sussex's police division has now been 'hubbed' with Crawley.
The division will be headed up by a District Commander -- Chief Inspector Rosie Ross. There will be two prevention teams. One working out of Haywards Heath and one in Crawley. There will be two prevention team inspectors.
Mid Sussex's will be Chief Inspector Paul Wood. Jo Webb at Crawley.
1 seargent per team. 2 based in Haywards Heath, 2 in Crawley. All 4 will be responsible for matters acrosss both Mid Sussex and Crawley.
Four warranted officers per team, one prevention youth officer per team (new name for school liasion officers) Four PCSO's in the Haywards Heath team, five in Crawley.
A Prevention Enforcement Team - 1 sergeant and 6 police officers, assigned to Mid Sussex and Crawley. They'll be deployed where required.
A Visual Response Team - 24/7 officers - further details unknown as to their numbers and how they operate.
Burgess Hill Police Station will still be a location which all staff can operate out of - the prevention team, the response team and investigative teams, along with training officers, dog unit, fire arms team and more.
We hope to get further clarification on the new policing model from Sussex Police in due course. Cheif Inspector Paul Wood did not compare the number of staff in the new system to the old one, so we do not know if this is a reduction or increase in policing numbers in the area .
There was a Q&A during the meeting with councillors, but they didn't bother to ask this most obvious question. They just sat there, nodding. All they asked for was a chart of the new organisation.
Spread the word! There's a new police model for the local area.
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