“We protect the people … and our officers too”


In policing, no two days – or nights – are ever the same.

Anyone who watches Night Coppers on Channel 4 will have seen first hand the sheer variety of incidents cops respond to over the course of a shift.

One of our motivations for participating in the series – which follows responders as they patrol Brighton and Hove at night – was to show the breadth of support we provide to keep the public safe and the wider community safe .

Brighton’s night economy is fantastic and brings fun, joy and excitement.

However, it can also attract people who want to harm someone or take advantage of them when they are at their most vulnerable after a night out.

Unfortunately, all too often it is women and girls who are their targets.

Everyone has the right to enjoy a safe night’s sleep, which is why monitoring the nighttime economy is a critical aspect of our job.

Tuesday’s episode showed officials responding to a report that a man had touched a woman’s bottom without her consent at a West Street bar.

Officers spoke to the young woman and she was taken by an officer to a private location to give a statement, while officers at the scene spoke to witnesses and bar staff before quickly arresting the suspect.

Unfortunately, this behavior is familiar to many women and I want to make one thing very clear: Touching someone inappropriately is sexual abuse.

It will not be tolerated and taken very seriously.

In addition to the nocturnal economy patrols featured in Night Coppers, we work closely with venues to raise awareness of security measures and conduct regular briefings with security personnel.

We conduct unannounced license checks throughout the night, help run a secure area on West Street, work with street pastors and beach patrols to protect vulnerable people and hire taxi marshals to ensure we together keep you safe bring home.

All members of the emergency services meet people in times of crisis.

They are witnesses and victims of violence, death and grief – heartbreaking experiences that most people will never experience in their lives.

On Tuesday, PCs Matt and Emily shared their experiences of being called to suicide, seeing their first dead body and the personal impact it has had on them, particularly their mental health.

Matt and Emily aren’t alone in this – shifts may end, but memories follow people home.

Wellbeing is a priority for Sussex Police and we ensure that all of our officers and staff experiencing trauma are given the support and time they need to process and recover.

Policing is not for everyone, but those drawn to the service will find it to be an extremely rewarding job with many opportunities to advance or specialize in various areas of policing.

I’ve been a police officer for almost 25 years.

Born in Brighton, I started my career as a young policeman in Brighton and Hove and worked my way up to Chief Superintendent, who ran the police force in my home town.

It has been a fulfilling, varied and challenging career and has taken me to places I never thought I would ever go.

I am currently writing this while supporting the Birmingham Commonwealth Games as a Strategic Firearms Specialist.

I love what I do and would encourage anyone with an interest in the police force to follow in my footsteps.

We are currently hiring police officers and those who are successful are given a lot of support and personal development opportunities. You can join as an officer, but from there the options available to you are limitless.

For more information for yourself or friends and family please visit our careers page on the Sussex Police website.

Chief Inspector Justin Burtenshaw

Division Commander for Brighton and Hove

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