THE ILL-gotten gains of crime has been used to help buy lifesaving equipment worth £5,000 for the community.
East Sussex Neighbourhood Response Team used the funds to buy five defibrillators for emergency response police cars.
The vital machines can help restore the natural rhythm of the heart when a person is suffering a heart attack.
They are beginning to become more commonplace in public areas such as community centres, doctor’s surgeries and railway stations.
Most police stations or police public contact points in Sussex also have an AED. The AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm. If needed, it can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. They carry simple instructions on how to use them.
Chief inspector Gary Keating, from the Neighbourhood Response Team, said: “Due to the geography of East Sussex and the demands placed on all emergency services there are times when police officers arrive first at the scene of a cardiac arrest. These devices will support our officers in providing initial first aid before the ambulance service arrives.
“I am delighted that we were able to successfully bid for money from the proceeds of crime act to put ill-gotten criminal gains to good use for the communities of East Sussex.
“I am hopeful that future bids will be just as successful.”