Sussex Police role to focus on child abuse

An officer dedicated to tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE) is to be appointed by Sussex Police.

The person who gets the job will be responsible for ensuring all agencies relating to children have the same information.

The 12-month secondment will be recruited from within the force.

Funding for the post has been put in place by the police and crime commissioner (PCC), supported by a grant from the Ministry of Justice.

'Focus attentions'

The post holder will advise and assist in all aspects of police investigations into CSE, providing strategic and tactical analysis of CSE intelligence to senior officers, which it is hoped will help identify offenders and trends.

Sussex PCC Katy Bourne said the new post would "strengthen the existing framework for protecting children, ensuring that agencies focus attentions firmly on the child and their needs".

She said it would also ensure "the right actions, by the right professionals, are taken to keep them safe and support them through to recovery".

The announcement comes a week after it was announced the force would have to lose more than a fifth of its serving officers and staff as it seeks to save £56m by 2020.

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