Sussex police have launched a recruitment drive for new police constables today (Monday, 10).

The force are looking for people who are confident, good communicators and team players.

They are also interested in people who are committed to protecting those most vulnerable, catching criminals and keeping the public safe.

The force are offering a starting salary for student officers of £19,773.

Additionally, there is a further £1,500 pounds yearly South East Allowance.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:

“While the force-wide savings continue, the increase in the police precept has provided investment in two priority areas: protecting vulnerable people and increasing our digital forensic capability.

“This is an opportunity to join a police force that is recognised as innovative and forward-thinking.

“Sussex Police takes advantage of new technology to improve how it protects the most vulnerable and catches criminals whilst operating within an exciting county that is rich in culture.

“It’s vital that Sussex Police reflects the communities that it protects and I hope that we see a good number of applicants from under-represented groups.”

Sussex police say they are are aiming to achieve a workforce representative of the communities they serve across the county.

This is the first recruitment drive by Sussex Police since October 2016.

Successful applicants could set out a career path to specialise as a firearms officer, a dog handler or a detective.

The application window will remain open until midnight on Monday, July 31.

To find out about more, you can visit the Sussex Police website.

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