Hailsham has seen a reduction in recorded and anecdotal ASB to low levels, since Sgt Gez Neilan took on the extra neighbourhood policing sergeant role in July 2020.

“I believe this is partly down to our operation tackling the issues as well as other local initiatives, which have clearly been beneficial to the community,” he said.

“The uplift has enabled me to develop a more intensive, multi-faceted and proactive approach. This has resulted in the closure of a notorious drugs den in Hailsham, which has improved the lives of numerous people in that street.

“I am proud of that and it gives me great satisfaction to start a job and see it through to the successful conclusion, knowing the real difference it has made. What I like best about neighbourhood policing is that you can make a real positive difference to people’s lives.”

PS Gez Neilan (right) with PCSO Tom Lewis in Hailsham