Sussex Police
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Understaffed & Underpaid

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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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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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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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Great culture in SBS

Great team and department. Entire department worked well together. Fantastic manager, extremely supportive and encouraging. Such a shame my FTC had to end.
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fast paced

Fast Paced, no 2 calls are the same. However, can be very disheartening as support from the higher management is null and void. Great team mates to work with though




lack of structure
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Good team work

Good team work Training provided Uniform provided Help always on hand Fast paced environment Ongoing training Supportive colleagues Can move around departments fir redeployment


Support always on hand


Can be isolative each at times
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Exhilarating yet stressful

When allowed to do your job and succeed the role is very rewarding as innocent people see justice for crimes against them. Sadly the business management structure is very poor and short sighted.
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good friendly place to work

Enjoyed spending time learning new skills and meeting new people. working for Sussex police gives you a new view on life and a new way of doing everything.
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stressful, but rewarding

fast paced and exciting, shift working, which comes with pro's and cons, lots of staff turnover , but the ability to develop staff and to impart knowledge is great.
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Great Team

Sussex Police are a great career option if you feel you can cope with the pace of a working life in the police. Friends for life with your colleagues
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Based on 95 reviews

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

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