Sussex Police
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Great colleagues not enough officers

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Great colleagues, all work hard & support each other. Job pretty impossible due to lack of officers to respond to jobs. Civilian Senior Management only interested in non emergency side of business
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I would not recommend Sussex Police

What is the best part of working at the company?I can’t think of anything positive What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Poor line management and incorrect management What is the work environment and culture like at the company?It is very uncomfortable not friendly What is a typical day like for you at the company?Lots of variety very busy all the time
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  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Ability to learn new things
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  • Energising work tasks

Initially fun until you see through all the poor management practices

What is the best part of working at the company?Terrible management practices still acting like it's 1980 What is the most stressful part about working at the company?No support from senior commandWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?If you're lucky you'll get a small good team but otherwise it's just backstabbing and nepotism.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Anything could happen but usually the worst thing you're not expecting does.
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Over worked and awful pay

Nice staff but the salary was shocking when faced with the work load and responsibilities!! The IT systems never worked so really stressful to try and do your job.




Underpaid, dreadful IT, criminal justice system just completely on its knees!!
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Overworked & Underpaid

Simply put, this job was not sold as the reality is.Getting spat at, punched and kicked never bother me. The sheer lack of support and poor management much more so.The invasion into personal life and having to declare everything possible was overbearing.When asking for support from the federation for several months no-one answered the office phone.When I asked for support from the force to be moved due to a £3,000 annual fuel bill I was told it wasn't possible.Internal politics and arguments means that the public are the last person on managements mind and I regret having given 3 years of my life to somewhere I was completely undervalued.


Conflict Skills, advanced driving


No support, lack of empathy, poor management
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Overstretched and under resourced

Has the potential to be a thoroughly rewarding job but due to inefficient processes and being understaffed, the workload on individuals is too high. Satisfaction is obtained from roughly 10% of jobs attended.
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Works as a PCSO

Worked as a PCSO. You are pretty much just a number to the force there. The job can be very exciting but also stressful. Pay is good for what you do as a PCSO and you get extra shift allowance on top of your basic salary.
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Terrible place to work

This is a toxic place to work where they frequently overload staff with work to the point where they have the workload of 3 or 4 people, then criticise them when they're not doing everything to the correct standard. Nothing is good enough, there is a high turnover of staff and people off sick with stress. I cannot recommend it at all.The one and only thing it has going for it is that they will never make police officers redundant.
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Poor management, all take no give, training is very poor, almost non existent. Salary far below responsibilities for the job.

Work more, work harder, work faster and still thats not good enough! Micro or laissez faire managers - no middle ground its one or the other. Hardest part of the job is going in most enjoyable is leaving for the day. Shame because there are some very good staff but they get trampled on and any enthusiasm is firmly trodden on.


Extra holiday after 5 years if you stay that long


very poor training
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Hard working people in impossible circumstances

Never ending avalanche of work with staff leaving like rats deserting a sinking ship. If you ever wanted to know what it’s like to drown on dry land, then this is the place for you. If you love paperwork rather than interacting with actual humans, even better. On the plus side, my colleagues are amazing, great men and women doing an extremely difficult job day in and day out to protect their communities, the section you work on will be like your family. There is a defined career path if you choose to take it and many different training courses you can take, the station is friendly and full of like minded people, it’s really only the very senior officers that seem to have forgotten what the job is like at a lower level, and even then, not all of them.
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Proceed with caution!

There is no doubt that you’ll be overworked, and supervision are also overworked to the point where they can’t support you in any meaningful way. If you are a probationer and you feel you’re being bullied, look for other work while you’re employed, then get out. There’s no point in making a complaint; you will be unfairly scrutinised above all other probationers and you will not make it through your probation, I’ve seen it happen repeatedly. The complaints of bullying will be overshadowed by your perceived incompetence, and you will not last. If the job isn’t stressful enough, this will be, and ultimately, it’s not worth it.


Potential satisfaction from helping victims.


Bullying, lack of support from line manager, overburdening workload
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Lack of support and over worked

Probably the least progressive police service I have worked for. If you have had children expect to jump through hoops for any form of flexible working pattern, whilst at the same time they will bask in the glory of being an excellent and inclusive employer. Management are delusional and unsupportive. Pay and benefits are poor compared to next door Surrey or Met. Management have zero understanding of PC/DC roles anymore and the fake empathy does nothing to relieve the stress of very dangerously high work loads. Most colleagues are looking for work externally as the role of detective has been completely eroded and unappreciated and no one asks or cares why detectives are resigning in droves. The knowledge is disintegrating by the minute.
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A no thank you employer

Your are only as good as your last investigation. There is a high work load with no assistance. Forget about a home life balance, there is not one. You are pushed and pulled in all directions. You can do a full day's work without eating, drinking and using the bathroom. There is a bit of bullying culture within the organisation, especially if "you don't fit in". Senior management only care about their next promotion. Be careful if you go off sick you will be placed on an action plan. New systems are put in place with no training and if you get something wrong, be prepared for the fall out. It used to be a job for life, it used to be fun but with hard work and excellent teamship, all mucking in together to get the job done. It has gone from a disciplined organisation to a commercial one. It is tun by individuals who have never been a police officer or have gone up the ranks the hard way. Members of the public are probably not aware that many of the crimes they report can be instantly filed or passed to a civilian investigator with no policing background. Be prepared to work long shifts. There is no guarantee that you will finish on time.
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Understaffed & Underpaid

Praise is nice but financial recognition is also important. Some managers need training on having difficult conversations. I was asked in my interview if I planned on having children!
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Toxic environment, would never recommend Sussex Police to anyone.

Very much a toxic environment with a back stabbing work environment is encouraged. No support from management or supervisors. Pay is a joke for the time, effort and the general treatment.




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Love the job and plenty of training. Team works well and plenty of opportunity to get experience in other departments. Some times the hours can be long .


Free uniform and training


Long hours
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Stressful environment. Long shifts. Colleagues you meet are the best part.

Long hard and stressful shiftsPatience and empathyManagement could be improvedStress and tirednessMeeting new peopleWorklife balance is impacted strongly.


There are some discounts available re high street shopping, but most companies offer this now.


Extremely long hours, intense and stressful working environment.
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Fast paced

No two days are the same. Shift work. Dynamic team environment. Effective management. Friendly staff. Diversity aware and practiced with a diverse culture and equality of sexes.
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fast paced varied work

fast paced, varied workloads, team collaboration, independant working, public facing, management lacking, target driven, custody and office based environment
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Bullying culture from Supervision and Line Management

Taking 101 and 999 calls from the public. Every call is different. No time to be bored! Really interesting calls Training for this job role is excellent and very comprehensive. The trainers are patient and responsive. Trainers in no way reflect how you are treated by control room supervision be prepared to be micro managed and bullied.....


Good salary. Good home / work balance with 6 days on and 4 days off.


Bullying from Supervision and line management, impossible to get annual leave, micromanagement, humiliated for mistakes in front of colleagues, homophobic comments from supervision, ( yes really), favouritism.
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Exciting but poor management

This job is rewarding and exhilarating. Every decision you make affects the people of Sussex. You are exposed to some difficult situations and stories however it is part and parcel of this job. Management is very poor. There are zero people skills or emotional intelligence present. Police officers have no empathy or emotion and its very hard when having sensitive conversations


Helping people, rewarding


Poor management
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3.1 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.3 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.1 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.9 out of 5 stars for Management
3.1 out of 5 stars for Culture

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