New PCSO reorganisation

Published: 18 October 2019

I am really pleased to be writing to you following the recent news that Sussex communities are once again to have a PCSO dedicated to their area. Having spent the past year and more working directly with each of the 31 Horsham Rural Parishes I know that this will be welcomed in every rural Parish. 

Talking with rural community representatives in so many meetings over the past months I have often heard this exact request come up but at those times did not have any positive news to relay. I can confirm that Horsham PCSO numbers will rise as the new recruits complete their HQ training. 

Please do be aware though that each PCSO’s ‘beat area’ is larger than under the Neighbourhood Policing model of old, but also do note the excellent news that that all the skills and processes developed under the current Prevention Model will continue in use.  Hence, not only will there be a named PCSO for Lower Beeding but also the organised team actions and joint working established more recently will continue to trigger if the community’s police reports indicate an ongoing or serious problem.  So, the message discussed in our initial meeting still stands – please do encourage appropriate reporting to police so that our records reflect any policing problems in your community.  Methods are, as always: 999 in emergency, online reporting via our website if non-urgent, and anyone who finds online reporting difficult should call 101.

Although the individual PCSO posts do not start until 4th November, the locations of responsibility have just been announced.  So I am pleased to let you know that your dedicated PCSO, with responsibility for an area including Lower Beeding Parish, will be PCSO Damian Cecil.  It is of course reasonable to assume that there will be a short period needed for Damian to learn about your area and the new role, just as there was a period of learning for my work.  However, knowing PCSO Cecil as a colleague I am certain he will support your Parish very well indeed and quickly become your key contact in our Prevention Team.   

 On a different note, I must let you know that my own work role has also changed - but in a completely different way.  There is further news from Sussex Police, that an entirely new team has been created under Sgt Tom Carter (who developed the Sussex Police Rural Crime Policy).  This new team comprises Sgt Carter and six dedicated Rural PCSOs, all with a directed focus toward tackling Rural Crime across Sussex.  Official media release here

 As you may have guessed from the photos in that article, to my delight I have been accepted as the Rural PCSO for the areas of Adur, Worthing and Horsham. Please pass on my contact information to any farmers, landowners, etc who may benefit by being in touch with our new team, I would very much appreciate making those contacts around Lower Beeding.

 Do please feel welcome to contact me if I can assist in future,

With kindest regards,

 PCSO Erica Baxter 27123, Rural PCSO, Prevention Team, Adur Worthing and Horsham

Police Station, Hurst Road, Horsham RH12 2DJ

Tel: 01273 404535 extn 530214, 07912 893170

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