Sussex Police close to naming chief constable

Giles York, temporary chief constable, Sussex Police
Giles York, temporary chief constable, Sussex Police

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has recommended Giles York be appointed the new Sussex chief constable.

T/CC York has held the position of temporary chief constable since March, when his predecessor Martin Richards retired from the post.

Following a rigorous recruitment process, Mrs Bourne has chosen T/CC York as her preferred candidate to take up the post on a permanent basis.

T/CC York said: “I am delighted to have been recommended as the next chief constable of Sussex Police.

“Subject to confirmation by the police and crime panel, I look forward to working with the Police and Crime Commissioner and everyone in the force.”

He has held the position of deputy chief constable since 2008, with responsibility for performance, engagement, reputation, change and risk management.

Mrs Bourne said: “Mr York has exceptional experience of policing, having held a number of positions in senior leadership.

“Throughout the recruitment process he showed a passion for Sussex, its people and police force.

“He also demonstrated a strong commitment to developing partnership working across the county as well as engaging with residents to meet their policing needs and keep Sussex safe.”

The police and crime panel are to be formally notified of the proposed appointment, subject to a confirmation hearing at a meeting on Friday June 27.