Sussex Police - The Origins.
Sussex police as we know it today came into being on the 1st January 1968 and was made up from three borough Forces and two County Forces.
These were Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings Borough Forces and East and West Sussex County Forces.
Hastings Borough Police Force started life in 1836 and was the oldest of the constitute Forces although Chichester City Police and Arundel Borough Police and Rye Borough Police also started life in the same year. Brighton Borough Police was formed in 1838 followed by East Sussex Police in 1840 and West Sussex Police in 1857, lastly came Eastbourne Borough Police in
There were of course other Police Forces within the Sussex boundaries and these included Hove Borough in 1858 although there was a Police Force in being within Hove many years before that born from the Brunswick area.
Sussex Constabulary January 1968
On the 1st January 1968 the Sussex Constabulary was born but the name only lasted until 1974 when the name ‘Constabulary was changed for the word ‘Police.’ This gave the Force a more up to date name and so that still is the name in 2007. Maybe the name will change again in the future if more amalgamations take place.
In 1974 Sussex took over the Gatwick airport and so it was a natural progression to take over the British Airports Authority Constabulary at Gatwick and so they too were amalgamated into Sussex Police.
It is interesting to note that in 1943 all the Sussex Police Forces were amalgamated until 1947 when all Forces reverted back to their individual Forces. The Chief Constable for this period was John Ferguson, who was a deputy Assistant Commissioner in the Metropolitan Police. The deputy Chief Constable was the Brighton Chief Constable, Captain William James Hutchinson.
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