Sussex Police has opened the doors to a new engagement hub in Eastbourne.

The Police Pod will be used by Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Response
Teams and other partner agencies for engagement with the public and to help deter crime and disorder by maintaining a high-visibility presence.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Yates, the force lead for knife crime and serious violence, said: “Following the success of the beach hut installed in Brighton in 2019, we are looking forward to bringing a new and improved hub to Eastbourne.

“The safety of our community is of paramount importance to us, and the pod provides a highly visible presence in the
busy town centre to deter criminal activity and engage with members of the public. “It will build on the extensive work we already do to tackle anti-social and criminal behaviour in the area, which includes daily patrol activity and initiatives to address crime targeted at local businesses”.

Luke Johnson, Your Eastbourne BID added: “We work very closely with Sussex Police on town centre security and wanted to find a way to improve the partnership working and provide a more visible police and security presence in the high street.

“Our ambassador teams will be able to use this alongside Sussex Police to improve patrols, be a visible, vocal point for people, and act as a friendly, drop-in point for those visiting Eastbourne.”