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Sussex chief constable to step down

The Chief Constable of Sussex Police, Giles York, has announced he will be stepping down this summer after 30 years? service.
Published - 05/03/2020 By - Chloe Livadeas

Chief Constable Giles York, 53, will be departing Sussex Police after 11 years in charge of the force. 

CC York QPM has been in the role since 2014. He is also the Vice Chair of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC).

He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for services to policing in the New Year’s Honours in 2015.

His salary is approximately £162,000 a year.

CC York said: “As a Chief Officer for the past 11 years, I have led Sussex Police through what has been one of the most extraordinary and difficult periods in policing history. During that time, I am proud to have cultivated an increasingly diverse organisation that begins to reflect the communities we serve.

“UK policing rightly remains the envy of people in both the public and private sector world over. Despite this, I find the intelligence and professionalism found within policing is still largely overlooked and this still needs to change.

“My decision to leave the service has not been an easy one and follows much soul searching with my family – there are so many compelling reasons to stay. However, anyone in policing will know, the impact of this job on you and your family cannot be under-estimated.

“It has been through their unwavering support that I have been able to carry out my public duty for all these years and now is the right time for me to give back.

“Knowing the challenges of policing so well, my colleagues will always have my undaunted support and admiration for the difference they make every day.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Mr York had to lead the force through a major transformation in local policing that was undeniably difficult for officers and staff and often unpopular with our communities.  To his enormous credit, he has listened to the public and to me, and delivered on the promise to improve policing visibility in our neighbourhoods now that more resources have become available.

“During his tenure as Chief Constable, Sussex Police have made huge strides in how it deals with domestic violence, rape and sexual assault and with previously under-reported crimes like stalking.

“Mr York has instituted an agile culture of learning and continuous improvement which his successor can build on.

PCC Bourne wished CC York well in the next step of his “exemplary and selfless career”.

CC York became an officer in Maidstone with Kent Police in 1990 and was promoted through different operational areas and became Head of Special Branch in 2004.

He was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable of South Wales in 2005. He was the lead for local policing, operational policing and crime and led the Welsh Counter Terrorism and Serious and Organised crime teams.

He was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in Sussex Police in 2008, and then to Chief Constable in 2014.

CC York has actively promoted a diverse workforce, and has regularly featured in the Stonewall top 100 employers, which rates LGBT inclusion in the workplace.

He is also the National Police Business Area lead for Workforce Futures and led the Minerva programme, which provided the opportunity for 25 forces to work towards using common business processes.

CC York is a trustee of the Police Arboretum Memorial Trust, the charity behind the plans for the Police Memorial in Staffordshire.

Details on the recruitment of the force’s next CC will be announced by PCC Bourne in the upcoming weeks.

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