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More body cameras for frontline police

Every police officer in Sussex responding to an emergency call will now be fitted with a body camera. The devices were first introduced eight years ago but now more cameras are being made available to record incidents. This report by Tom Savvides has interviews with Superintendent Edward De La Rue, PC Scott Walters and Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne.

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Drones are 'the future of policing'

Police will use more drones in the future Credit: ITV

Drones are the future of policing - according to Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner. Martyn Underhill says drones could revolutionise policing in the same way that police radios did in the 1960s. Dorset currently shares four of the unmanned devices with Devon and Cornwall Police to photograph crime scenes, road accidents and help in the search for missing people.

Police announce locations for 'no excuse' campaign

Police are looking out for drivers using mobile phones Credit: ITV

The 'no excuse' team operated by Dorset Police is out and about in the county tackling bad and inconsiderate driving.

The team aims to use a combination of enforcement and education to tackle the ‘fatal five’: drink and drug driving; excessive and inappropriate speed; not wearing a seatbelt; driver distractions such as hand-held mobile phones; and careless driving.

The police have announced the areas for their campaign over the next few days.

Thursday 18th February: No Excuse and camera van covering West Dorset due to speed complaints and collisions. Friday 19th February: No Excuse and camera van covering Poole due to speed complaints and collisions. Saturday 20th February: No Excuse and camera van covering Bournemouth due to speed complaints and collisions. Tuesday 23rd February: No Excuse and camera van covering Poole due to speed complaints and collisions. Wednesday 24th February: No Excuse and camera van covering Bournemouth due to speed complaints, collisions and assisting local officers. Friday 26th February: No Excuse and camera van covering Poole due to speed complaints and collisions. Saturday 27th February: No Excuse and camera van covering Weymouth Beach Race Event with the 50/50 car.

Sussex Police praised for preventing crime and keeping people safe

The work of the force has been reviewed Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex Police is 'good' at preventing crime and keeping people safe. The HM Inspectorate of Constabulary's PEEL Effectiveness report reviewed the work of the force and found it is:

  • good at preventing offending and keeping people safe
  • good at tackling anti-social behaviour
  • good at investigating crime and managing offenders
  • good at protecting the vulnerable who are at risk of harm, and supporting victims
  • good at tackling serious and organised crime.

Sussex Police has been assessed as good in relation to each of the four core categories, good overall and is one of only 10 forces which have achieved good or outstanding assessments across all areas inspected.

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  1. Tom Savvides

Less use of police cells for mental health patients

Almost eight hundred people with serious mental health issues are put in police cells in Sussex every year, even if they haven't committed a crime. That's more people than anywhere else in the country. Now a new scheme between the police and the NHS means the majority of people experiencing mental health problems are now being assessed and treated in specialist hospitals. Tom Savvides reports from Crawley with interviews from the Chief Constable of Sussex Giles York, Vincent Badu from the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust and Home Office Minister Karen Bradley.

999 or 101? Police launch 'Who You Gonna Call' campaign

The social media campaign will run for a week Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police is highlighting when and where NOT to use the 999 and 101 numbers.

The Force received nearly four hundred thousand calls last year. A small number - it says - are inappropriate and put added pressure on the service.

Their 'Who You Gonna Call?' campaign runs on social media this week, ending in a 12-hour tweetathon on Friday, 22nd January.

Wiltshire Police advise that 999 is the number to call when you want to contact the police in an emergency. Dial 999 if:

  • You need an immediate response because a crime is in progress or you think it is.
  • You or someone else is injured or there is a threat to life.
  • A serious road traffic collision has taken place.
  • Violence is being used or threatened.

101 is the number to call when you want to contact the police - when it's less urgent than 999. Dial 101 in a non-emergency if:

  • You want to report a crime/issue that does not require an immediate emergency response.
  • You or someone else are not in immediate danger
  • You would like to speak to your local police officer.
  • You want to provide information about a crime.

Should region's police forces merge?

The Chief Constable of Wiltshire has said that all of the region's police forces should be merged into a single constabulary to help cut costs and better deal with modern criminals.

Mike Veale says it's an outdated idea to have so many small forces in the country. He hopes his county will merge with Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire and Dorset to protect front-line services. Robert Murphy reports.

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