There were originally separate forces for East and West Sussex, along with the boroughs of Brighton, Hastings and Eastbourne. These forces were temporarily merged during the Second World War, from 1943 to 1947. The current amalgamated forces dates from 1 January 1968.
For policing purposes, Sussex is divided into Five geographical Policing Divisions, each Division being led by a Chief Superintendent. Divisions are divided into districts, each led by a Chief Inspector, providing a local identity for policing.
Districts are further divided into Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs), each led by an Inspector. The NPTs are responsible for the bulk of the community work undertaken in an area, and look to deal with long term local issues including Anti-Social Behaviour. Their role stems from the traditional view of 'bobbies on the beat' with Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) providing a high visibility profile on the street, albeit with limited policing powers. Also most Special Constables are attached to NPTs before they gain independent patrol status after which... Read More