Get behind the scenes with Sussex Police

JPCT 070213 Police activity, Meadowside, Storrington. photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 070213 Police activity, Meadowside, Storrington. photo by Derek Martin

For 10 days this summer Sussex Police is to open its doors to give people a unique insight into how the Force works.

People across the county will be invited into stations, be able to see behind the scenes during virtual tours and interact with us during live online broadcasts.

Sussex Police People: 10 days live will launch on July 25 when 100 young people aged 11 to 16 will get hands-on experience trying out policing for themselves.

One hundred lucky competition finalists will visit the Kingstanding training site for the ‘Be the police for a day’ one-off event, where they’ll tour the underground nuclear bunker, use kit to investigate a car crash, deploy search dogs, forensically examine a crime scene and find out what it takes to be a police officer.

Chief Constable Martin Richards said, “Many people learn about policing from what they see on TV or read in the news. 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. There’s far more to it than many people might realise, with huge amounts of work going on behind the scenes involving all sorts of specialist skills.

“Young people at the ‘Be the police for a day’ event will be able to see firsthand just what it takes to solve crime and keep people safe. 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.”

The competition is now live for young people to enter. All they need to do is say what they would do if they were a police officer for a day. The best 100 entries, which can either be from individuals or from groups of up to five, will get to ‘Be the police for a day’.

For more details visit www.sussexpolicepeople.co.uk