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May 2023

Commissioner Lisa Townsend introduces this month's newsletter

More officers in Surrey than ever as Commissioner hails non-degree route 

Commissioner Lisa Townsend with new Surrey Police recruits

There are now more police officers working in Surrey than ever before - as the Force exceed their recruitment target in April.

Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend praised Surrey Police as it was revealed almost 400 new officers have joined the ranks since 2019 - 136 more police officers than set by the Government's target.

She celebrated the latest batch of 91 new recruits at their attestation ceremony last month, where they pledged to serve the King before going off to complete their training courses.

The officers are the last cohort to join the Force as part of Operation Uplift – the government’s three year programme to add an additional 20,000 officers across the country.

Together with police staff, it means the Force is now the biggest it has ever been, including more women and individuals from a black and minority ethnic background in post.

Days later, Lisa revealed both Surrey and Sussex Police have agreed that a non-degree entry route will be introduced for those looking to join both Forces.

The new scheme will be called the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP+) and is designed for applicants with or without a degree.

The programme will provide recruits with a blend of practical ‘on-the-job’ experience and classroom-based learning equipping them with the skills and experience needed to meet the demands of modern policing.

Commissioner Lisa Townsend speaking to room of probationer police officers

Lisa said: “We now have more officers in the Surrey Police ranks than ever before and that is fantastic news for residents. 

“But there is still plenty of hard work to be done and the retention of officers and staff will continue to be a challenge for the Force over the coming months.

“Surrey residents have told me loud and clear they are keen to see more officers on their streets, taking the fight to criminals and tackling those issues important to them where they live.

"I have always been clear in my view that you do not need a degree to be an outstanding police officer, so I am delighted to see the introduction of a non-degree route into Surrey Police which will mean we can attract more of the very best people from a wider range of backgrounds to protect our communities."
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Commissioner's mental health plea after visit to national charity

Lisa Townsend has called for greater awareness of the mental health challenges facing police officers and staff.

On a visit to Police Care UK’s headquarters in Woking, Lisa said more must be done to support police workers across the country, throughout their service and beyond.

It comes after a report commissioned by the charity revealed that around one in five of those who serve with police forces around the UK suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – four to five times the rate seen in the general population.

Lisa said both she and new Chief Constable Tim De Meyer are agreed that a "posters and potpourri" approach to the mental wellbeing of Surrey's police officers is "not appropriate".

"We must do everything we can to support those who give so much to Surrey’s residents," she said.

“That’s why I’d urge anyone who is in need to seek help, either within their force or by contacting Police Care UK. Leaving a police force is no barrier to receiving care and help – the charity will work with anyone who has suffered harm as a result of their role.”

Face-painting and fun as Commissioner & Deputy join Surrey Police Open Day
The Commissioner and her Deputy met with residents from the county to discuss their work during Surrey Police's action-packed open day, which drew around 4,000 people to the Force's HQ in Guildford.

Young visitors to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner's stand posed for photographs with giant Instagram-themed props and had their faces painted during the event.

Lisa then helped to judge the annual Anna of Avondale Police Dogs Trials that celebrate the trainers and animals of the internationally renowned Surrey Police and Sussex Police Dog Training School based in Surrey.

She said: "The day was a fantastic opportunity for Ellie and I to meet lots of Surrey families and raise awareness of my role in reflecting your views and improving the policing service your receive. 

"It was also a great chance for residents to learn more about the full range of roles and expertise on show across the Force - including the teams that work so hard behind the scenes.

"We enjoyed this brilliant event and hope you had as much fun as we did."

Commissioner & Deputy vow to campaign for road casualty victims
Commissioner Lisa Townsend announces her national role as Association of Police and Crime Commissioner's Lead for Transport Safety.
Lisa Townsend has taken on a major national role for transport safety – as she vowed to pursue greater penalties for those who put lives at risk while behind the wheel, on a bicycle, or astride an e-scooter.

Lisa Townsend is now the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner’s lead for roads policing and transport, which will encompass rail and maritime travel and road safety.

As part of the role, previously held by Sussex Commissioner Katy Bourne, Lisa will work to improve the safety of transport around the country. She will be supported by her Deputy, Ellie Vesey-Thompson, and looks to work closely with the British Transport Police.

Lisa said: “We are very lucky in Surrey to have two teams specifically dedicated to poor driving – the Roads Policing Unit and the Vanguard Road Safety Team, both of which aim to keep road users safe.

“But across the country, there is far more to be done on both roads and railways to keep British travellers safe."

Ellie said the remit will allow both herself and Lisa to "apply pressure to a range of issues".

“Safe travel is important to every member of the public, and we are determined to make some real and lasting changes," she said.
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