Sussex Police will be throwing open its doors at the end of this month to allow the public to see the force in action
A series of live events will be staged across Sussex for 10 days next week, giving people an insight into how the police really works.
This is the first time a police force has opened up different areas to members of the public, both online and in person, for 10 consecutive days.
It follows the success of the 24-hour live event in 2011 which reached more than 80,000 people with web chats, interactive walkabouts and access-all-areas cameras.
From Friday July 26 to Saturday, August 3, there will be over 25 events running. People will be able to visit stations, watch live broadcasts and take part in webchats to allowing people see exactly what the police can be involved in day to day.
Broadcasts will include live on a Saturday night with emergency response, on dog patrol at Gatwick Airport, behind the scenes with crime scene investigators and a day in the life of a police constable.
Chief Constable Martin Richards said: “There’s far more to working for Sussex Police than many people might realise, with huge amounts of work going on behind the scenes involving all sorts of specialist skills. 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.
“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.”
The 10 Days Live event starts on Thursday, July 25 at Kingstanding, the Force’s training facility in the Ashdown Forest, where 100 competition winners aged between 11 and 16 will see what it’s like to be part of the police for a day.
Of the 100 entries, four overall winners - a best group and best individual entry for the 11 to 13 and 14 to 16 categories - will be announced on the event day. You can vote for the overall winners online at www.sussexpolicepeople.co.uk/vote/8
The teenagers will use kit to investigate a car crash, deploy search dogs, forensically examine a crime scene, watch a public order scenario and find out what it takes to be a police officer. This will all be broadcast live on the Sussex Police website.
On Saturday, July 27 a live broadcast will show officers out and about policing Hastings at night in the town centre. The 10 day initiative will end with cameras following officers in Brighton working on Pride, one of the biggest events of the year.
As well as these events, which will be shown live on the website, people will be invited into some of the buildings across the Force, to talk to officers and get access to places they wouldn’t necessarily normally see.
On Monday, July 29, members of the public are invited into Eastbourne Police Station, and in Lewes, for the first time in many years, the police headquarters will open its gates on August 1.
For details log onto: www.sussexpolicepeople.co.uk
During the 10 days, you can follow Sussex Police on Twitter at: @sussex_police and use the hashtag #10dayslive