Sussex Police has started the new year by opening applications for new police officers, as part of its continued commitment to bolster officer numbers across the county.

The force’s latest recruitment window opened on Wednesday (5 January) and will remain open for two weeks.

It’s part of the national Uplift campaign to recruit 20,000 additional police officers, which has surpassed the halfway stage and resulted in 182 extra officers so far recruited in Sussex.

During this round of recruitment, applications will be sought for cohorts to join the force via the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) or the Degree Entry Holder Programme (DHEP). For further information, check the full eligibility criteria.

Pursuing a career as a police officer provides a wide range of policing including safeguarding, community engagement, investigations and anti-terrorism.

With this vast range of career opportunities to explore and the rewarding challenges policing Sussex brings each day, police leaders are urging people from communities across Sussex and further afield to consider a career dedicated to making a difference to communities in the force area.

T/Assistant Chief Constable Tanya Jones said: “From being there for a victim of crime when they’re at their most vulnerable to being a smiling face when it’s needed most – police officers make the world of difference.

“Careers don’t come more rewarding than this. On the frontline, you’ll protect communities, catch criminals and deliver an outstanding service.

“We’re looking for individuals who have the judgment to make quick decisions, the compassion to help those in need, and the resilience to serve the community every day. Most importantly, you will have a passion for helping others.

“Join us as a police constable and open the door to a world of opportunities, with the chance to specialise in a wide range of policing areas.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “The feedback from my consultations and conversations with Sussex residents shows that they are seeing increased police visibility in their communities as well as appreciating the often unseen work our officers do to keep us safe. 

“This latest round of officer recruitment shows the commitment to build back local policing and bolster the force’s wider capabilities. British police officers are rightly respected around the world, because they are ordinary people drawn from the diverse communities they serve but they do an extraordinary job.”

Find out more about the various routes you can take into a job that offers a good starting salary, opportunities for progression and the pride that comes from helping others. Register now for a recruitment webinar on Thursday 6 January at 6pm.

Recruitment will close on Wednesday 19 January and it is expected there will be a high volume of applications. Therefore apply now and help make a real difference to your community.