Join Sussex Police Rural Crime Team Officers Live on Facebook – 25th February

Picture of policemanAn official announcement from Sussex Police

Poaching, sheep worrying and dog theft are just a few of the issues that have been faced by our rural communities within Sussex in recent weeks.

Last summer Sussex Police introduced a dedicated Rural Crime Team which was made possible with the precept increase, as acquired by the Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne. The additional funding has allowed for more enforcement and a greater local policing presence, including in rural areas.

On Thursday, 25 February, officers from our Rural Crime Team will be live on the Sussex Police Facebook page talking about the work they do and answering any questions you may have in relation to our ongoing efforts to support rural communities. Head over to our page ( at 5pm on the day to get involved or you can submit any questions you have in advance by commenting on today’s post advertising the event on our page.

Inspector Andrea Leahy who oversees the team said: “We are fully aware of the huge impact that these types of crimes can have on our remote communities, and our team is there to provide a direct link between those more isolated and the police. We want to encourage the reporting of rural crime so that we are able to deploy the team where they are most needed in order to protect the most vulnerable. Rural residents and businesses in Sussex deserve our protection.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Through my ongoing consultations with local residents and organisations including the National Farmers’ Union, I know that protecting our rural communities from all types of crime is a top priority. Make sure your voice is heard and take part in this virtual conversation with the Rural Crime Team to raise any concerns you may have and get answers to your questions.

“I also know that dog theft is becoming an increasing concern for residents. I’m currently running a national survey on this, so have your say today:

We look forward to you joining us on Thursday.

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