Lorna Dennison Wilkins

Introducing Sergeant Lorna Dennison
Lorna Dennison-Wilkins from the Specialist Search Unit
A tour of the base where Sussex Police Specialist Search Unit work from by Sergeant Lorna Dennison-Wilkins.
Sussex Police People: Lorna from the SSU explaining the underwater camera
Specialist Search Unit. Diving at Arundel
Sussex Police SSU. Getting ready to dive.
Preparing to Dive at Arundel
Going in
Getting out of the water after the Dive at Arundel
Sussex Police People: Underwater Footage from the SSU
Sussex Police SSU. Explaining the dive
Lorna Dennison-Wilkins demonstrating rope work
Specialist Search Unit ropes and diving demo

By March 2016, 28.6% of police officers in England and Wales were women

They still only represent 28% of all police.


Lorna Dennison Wilkins. Joined Sussex police in 1998.

I was a police constable in Brighton for seven years before being promoted to sergeant in 2005. Two years later I joined the Specialist Search Unit, which I was the first woman to join since it was established in 1966.

The unit performed search and recovery in hazardous areas which includes underwater search (police diving), confined-space entry and search, rope access, marine operations, disaster victim recovery, major crime search, and swift water operations.

During my time on the unit I began a research study called the “Body Recovery From Water Study”, which aims to collect and share data about body recoveries in inland water for more effective searching.

Outside of work I have 12 bicycles, two kayaks, a stand-up paddleboard, and a pair of skis – which indicates what I like to do in my spare time.

Underwater footage

Sussex Police People: Lorna from the SSU explaining the underwater camera
This footage was filmed on the 12 April 2012 by Sussex Police Specialist Search Unit just before Lorna dived with an underwater camera. The underwater footage she took can be viewed with this link: http://youtu.be/aMNVF-zTS1g


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