Panel gives backing to new boss of the county police force


Sussex Police and Crime Panel has confirmed the appointment of a new Chief Constable for the force.

Giles York, who has been deputy Chief Constable of Sussex Police for six years and is currently acting Chief Constable, was Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne’s preferred choice for the job.

At its Annual Meeting on Friday, members of the Police and Crime Panel - which scrutinises the work of the Commissioner Katy Bourne – had the opportunity to question Mr York on his priorities and views on policing issues in Sussex. Following a confirmation hearing, the Panel gave its approval for the appointment of Mr York.

“The Panel is delighted to give its backing to the Commissioner’s preferred candidate,” said Cllr Brad Watson, chairman of the Sussex Police and Crime Panel. “Mr York is clearly passionate about Sussex and shares many of the views the Panel has on set out in the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan.”

The Panel also confirmed the appointment of Carl Rushbridge as Chief Finance Officer for the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.

He will replace John Eagles who retires at the end of September. The next meeting of the Police and Crime Panel will take place at County Hall in Lewes at 10.30am on Friday, October 10.