New police chief Emma takes up post in the town

Chief Inspector Emma Brice SUS-150423-064718001
Chief Inspector Emma Brice SUS-150423-064718001

Eastbourne has a new police commander – Chief Inspector Emma Brice – who is keen to bring a breadth of policing experience to her new role.

She succeeds Chief Inspector Steve Biglands, who has joined the Surrey and Sussex Police firearms unit, and took up her role only last week.

Most recently Emma was the staff officer for Chief Constable Giles York, working at Sussex Police headquarters in Lewes, and has also worked in the force Professional Standards Department, dealing with public complaints and police misconduct.

Born in Kent, Emma is married with two children.

She joined Sussex Police in 1989 as a probationer at Bexhill and has worked at Worthing, Gatwick Airport and Force Command and Control.

Emma has previously been involved in neighbourhood policing whilst working at Brighton and understands the issues that affect local communities.

She said, “I am really excited to be working in Eastbourne.

“I have quickly discovered what an excellent team of officers and staff I have inherited from Steve Biglands, and I hope to build on the good work that he and they have achieved.

“I am very lucky to have taken over a role that already has strong links with Eastbourne Borough Council and the Community Safety Partnership, who all work hard to make Eastbourne a safe place to live and work.”

Emma will be working to deliver the Chief Constable’s vision of protecting vulnerable people and relentlessly pursuing criminals. She will be getting out and about in Eastbourne over the next few weeks to speak to partners and establish the main issues within the community.

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