Former Shoreham carpenter joins Sussex Police in Worthing as latest police officer recruit

A former Shoreham carpenter is one of the latest new police officers funded by the Government’s 20,000-officer recruitment campaign to hit the streets.

PC Karl Adfield from Shoreham

Karl Adfield, who was born in Shoreham, decided to give up a career as a carpenter to carve out a policing career.

He will be joining Sussex Police’s team in Worthing.

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“I’m really excited about joining the Worthing team this week,” he said.

“It will be interesting getting out into the community and doing the job I really want to do.

“I’d like to help make a positive impact on the community.”

PC Adfield is one of 129 Sussex officers to be recruited by March 2021, funded by the first phase of the Government initiative, which aims to recruit 20,000 officers by 2023.

In addition to the posts created as part of the Government’s recruitment commitment, the force is on track to recruit the extra 250 police officers, 100 PCSOs and 50 specialist staff funded by the 2018/2019 local precept increases.

Chief Constable Giles York QPM welcomed them to the force and said: “Recent precept rises, together with greater government investment, provides us with an exceptional opportunity to employ the right mix of officers and police staff to deliver an effective, efficient and high quality policing service to the people of Sussex.

“It reinforces our move into a period of significant growth and will tangibly strengthen our position to meet increasing and changing demand.

“It allows a step-change in our policing approach and greater proactivity in taking the fight to criminals.

“As recruitment plans come to fruition, they will make a positive difference to the public of Sussex.

“Already our communities can see and feel the difference of earlier investment and, with this additional commitment, we can do even more: catch more criminals, protect more victims and prevent and solve more crime.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “As we were already in a period of significant growth, Sussex Police has had the capacity to become one of the first forces to welcome officers from the national uplift.

“This shows our determination to give Sussex residents what they want – a visible and proactive force which is tough on crime.

“All of our new recruits are of the highest calibre having been through a rigorous recruitment and training process.

“They have a drive to tackle crime and protect our most vulnerable and I look forward to visiting them out on patrol and seeing them in action for myself.”

The force is looking to recruit more officers – find out how to apply for a role here