New police chief set to start work in January

Chief Inspector Heather Keating

Chief Inspector Heather Keating

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THE new district commander for Hastings is to start work in the New Year, it was announced this week.

Chief Inspector Heather Keating will take over the job of top police officer from chief inspector Laurence Taylor, starting work on January 2, 2012.

She will be returning to the town where she once worked as a response sergeant and detective sergeant, and has 23 years service under her belt.

She said: “I am really looking forward to coming back to Hastings and my priority will be to continue to reduce crime and deliver a quality service to the local community.”

Chief inspector Keating is returning to East Sussex Division after serving as head of Force Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit and before this as district commander for Rother.

East Sussex chief divisional commander superintendent Robin Smith said: “I am delighted to have Heather back on my team and I am really excited about working with her and everyone on the new Command Team, and look forward to their ideas on how we can improve the customer focus across East Sussex Division and build on our performance in this area.

“Earlier this year East Sussex Division underwent a restructure, and the new team will take this new way of working forwards, looking at how best to serve the communities of East Sussex in 2012 and beyond.”

Former district commander of Hastings, Chief inspector Mark Ling, who returns to work on a final written warning, after being found guilty of gross misconduct for sending ‘inappropriate and offensive’ texts, will take up one of two crime management roles in East Sussex.

A police spokesman said: “Following promotion procedures and to help development of our people, it is normal for police forces to review the postings of senior officers.

“One of these processes was completed on Friday, December 2, following some promotions to the Chief Inspector and Superintendent ranks, with more than 20 new postings, which will take affect over the next month.”