Disciplined chief policeman Mark Ling sent to Eastbourne

Chief Inspector Mark Ling
Chief Inspector Mark Ling

A HIGH-RANKING officer found guilty of sending gross and inappropriate texts looks set to be moving to Eastbourne as a crime manager for the police.

Mark Ling, who worked in Eastbourne earlier in his career, is to return to work within the force despite being found guilty of gross misconduct while working as Hastings district police commander.

He was given a final written warning just last week. The warning brought to a close his six-month suspension during an internal inquiry, following an allegation in June that he had sent an offensive text message containing a racist word.

Sussex Police has already said Chief Inspector Mark Ling will keep his job and announced this week he would take one of two Crime Management roles in East Sussex, one of which is based in Eastbourne.

A spokesperson for the force 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.

“Chief Inspector Mark Ling was one of many considered in the process and takes up one of two Crime Management roles in East Sussex, moving from his previous posting as Divisional Commander for Hastings. Heather Keating will move to this position.”

Chief Insp Ling, a married father-of-two, was born and grew up in Hastings and took over the position of commander in 2008.

After the hearing, Deputy Chief Constable Giles York said, “We take our duty to ensure the highest standards of behaviour and professionalism by our officers and staff very seriously and thoroughly investigated these matters.”

“The officer failed to uphold the values the public and the force expect of all our people and disciplinary action has been taken against him.”