Sussex Police is pleased to welcome the third cohort of volunteer Special Constables who started in force on Saturday, October 8. They will now embark on a structured foundation training programme at HQ and online on weekends ahead of their attestation in May 2023. They were welcomed by Deputy Chief Constable Dave McLaren, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne and Operational Head of the Special Constabulary Ryan Seibel.

The force looks forward to them joining the policing family, where they will support divisions and our communities.

DCC McLaren said: “I would like to congratulate and welcome these new officers to the Sussex Police family. They will play an integral part in protecting our communities and tackling crime. We are immensely proud of all of our Special Constables who give up their own time to work with us to keep Sussex safe.”

Special lead Detective Superintendent Rachel Carr said: “It is fantastic to see another cohort of Special Constables joining Sussex Police. I am always impressed by those who volunteer their time to undertake this front line role in Sussex Police. The contribution that they will make is vital in enabling us all to the deliver the Sussex Police priorities. I wish them luck with their training and hope they enjoy the experience and look forward to meeting them all.”

Operational Head of the Special Constabulary Ryan Seibel said: “I am looking forward to supporting our newest cohort of Special Constables throughout their career with Sussex Police. Each of them will learn valuable skills which will help them to make a positive impact while volunteering their time within their local communities.”

One of the new Special Constables, Sasha Watkins said: “Being in the police has been a long term dream of mine. On joining the Central Ticketing and Summons Unit at Shoreham Police station, I knew I wanted to get as involved with Sussex Police as I could. I soon started volunteering as a leader with the Adur & Worthing Police Cadets, where I made some excellent connections with current officers. Through all their stories and their excellent knowledge of policing, I decided it was my turn to step up.

Being part of Cohort three in the Special Constabulary is going to give me an opportunity to do my part in protecting the public. I’m excited to change lives by helping people when they are most in need. Although it may not all be smooth sailing, I know that I will constantly have support from the Sussex Police family, and I will always be proud about the work that we do.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “It is always a pleasure to welcome new Special Constables into their role. I have such admiration for individuals who selflessly volunteer their own time to support and protect those living and working in or visiting our county.

“Their time and wide-ranging skills allow for additional possibilities and opportunities within the force. They play an integral part in the work of Sussex Police, and I extend my gratitude to them for the vital role they have in keeping our communities safe.”