It is exactly five decades since the borough forces of Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton, and the county forces of East Sussex and West Sussex, came together in January 1968 to form Sussex Police.
Back then we saw the introduction of the Ford Escort, rock band Led Zeppelin and BBC sitcom Dad’s Army.
It is also the year five and ten pence coins were introduced in preparation for decimalisation in 1971, the M1 was completed and the first Isle of Wight Festival was held.
But while much has changed since then, including the way Sussex Police operates, the force’s core values remain the same – protecting people from harm, catching criminals and keeping communities safe.
Chief Constable Giles York said:
Over the past 50 years, we’ve seen a number of changes which have been necessary in order to maintain and improve our policing services. However, much remains the same, as outlined by our force priorities – to keep communities safe and feeling safe, to identify and protect vulnerable people, and to prevent and respond to harm.
We are a workforce of individuals who serve with dedication, professionalism and moral courage. While doing so, our staff and officers have empathy, they have good humour in going about their duties, and most of all they have compassion.
The landscape of policing has changed so much over 50 years. I am heartened by how strong we are as a force today, and I really do believe we are in a strong position to continue to protect our communities across the county.
That’s why I invite you to join us in celebrating 50 years of Sussex Police.
Throughout the next 12 months, we will be exploring a number of themes which show how dramatically things have changed – while others have remained almost exactly the same – over the past 50 years since Sussex Police formed.
Take a trip down memory lane, and keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts – and follow #SussexPolice50 – for oddities and throwbacks from times gone by.
You can also stay informed by visiting the Sussex Police website.