New police Chief Constable appointed

New chief constable Giles York of Sussex Police
New chief constable Giles York of Sussex Police

SUSSEX Police has appointed a new chief constable.

Giles York, 47, was confirmed as the head of the force yesterday (30 June).

His appointment by Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has been confirmed by the Sussex Police & Crime Panel.

Giles said: “I’m passionate about Sussex and want the force to provide the best possible policing, with the support of our partners. The level of support I have had from colleagues and partners across the county has been overwhelming. My aim is to ensure that we deliver the best policing to keep people safe.”

Giles has been temporary Chief Constable for Sussex Police since March this year. He was previously Deputy Chief Constable since 2008 with responsibility for performance, engagement, reputation, change and risk management. He is married to Sally and has two daughters and a son.

Police & Crime Commissioner Katy 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 and I am pleased that this has been recognised by the Panel. I have every confidence in his capabilities to lead Sussex Police in the future.”

Giles York and Katy Bourne will be embarking on a series of Meet your Chief and Commissioner public events this year. Giles added: “I have agreed with the commissioner three key priorities for my role in the coming year.

“The first is protecting vulnerable people, those who come to us for assistance and help.

“While doing that we need to bring those who are causing that harm to justice.

“Another priority is to respond to the national challenge around ethics and professionalism in everything we do.

“The third is planning for the future, innovating and transforming policing so we have an effective and affordable model going forward. It is a challenge but one we are doing all we can to meet.”