Division of records between East and West Sussex Record offices
The arrangement of the records of the Authority has been made difficult first by the fact that two county record offices serve its area and that the county boundary was altered in 1974, second by the number of reorganisations which have taken place, particularly at divisional level, throughout the history of policing in Sussex, and lastly by the Authority's wish to retain certain records at Malling House, its HQ. The decisions which have been taken are as follows:
ESRO is to hold the headquarters and divisional office records for East Sussex Constabulary and its Battle, East Grinstead, Hove and Lewes Divisions (according to their boundaries in 1967) and for the Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings Constabularies up to 1967. WSRO is to hold headquarters and divisional office records of West Sussex Constabulary to 1967.
Since 1968, when police authorities became independent of county council control, the two Sussex county councils have continued to provide administrative services to the Authority. East Sussex gives legal, secretarial and architectural services; West Sussex, financial services. Some records of the provision of such services are among the archives of East Sussex County Secretary's and County Architect's Department and these records relate to police establishments in both East and West Sussex.
Since Station records, both before and after 1967, seem largely unaffected by reorganisations at higher levels and stations may be transferred from one division to another, it seemed simplest to treat these records separately from the divisional records. They have been divided between ESRO and WSRO according to the county boundary formed in April 1974. At ESRO they have been given a separate group reference (SPS) to make this distinction clearer.
Records of individual officers
Some records of individual officers have been presented by their descendants to the police authority as a result of historical enquiries or research initiatives. Because of their non-archival provenance and individual significance they have been grouped together and listed as SPA 10.
Appended to the lists of material in ESRO are (1) lists of records (mainly of officers' service) retained by the Authority at its headquarters at Malling House and (2) lists of records at WSRO.
Classification of the records at ESRO
The records listed below have been classified as follows:
SPA 1 Sussex Police Authority: headquarters records (from 1968 but includes wartime Sussex Police Authority records).
SPA 2 East Sussex Constabulary: headquarters records
SPA 3 Brighton Constabulary to 1967
SPA 4 Eastbourne
SPA 5 Hastings
SPA 6 East Sussex Constabulary Division A East Grinstead
SPA 7 East Sussex Constabulary Division B Lewes
SPA 8 East Sussex Constabulary Division C Bexhill
SPA 9 East Sussex Constabulary Division D Hove
SPA 10 Constables' personal papers (all forces)
SPA 11 Sussex Police Authority Central Division from 1968
SPA 12 Sussex Police Authority East Division from 1968