Tributes to ex-police chief

David Scott, left is pictured with his friend and former colleague Alan Skinner
David Scott, left is pictured with his friend and former colleague Alan Skinner

Warm tributes have been paid to former assistant chief constable of Sussex Police David Scott who died earlier this month.

Mr Scott, who was 82 and lived with his wife Olive in Kings Drive, had been suffering with heart problems for a number of years.

He leaves his son Richard, daughter Jennifer, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Mr Scott’s funeral is at 1pm on Monday (March 3) at Victoria Baptist Church in Eldon Road and will be conducted by Canon Bob Butler, the chaplain for the National Association of Retired Police Officers.

Mr Scott joined Sussex Police in 1964 after 12 years with Dorset Police and prior to that served his National Service with the RAF.

His first posting was at Littlehampton as an admin inspector and he was made staff officer in 1967 for preparations leading to the amalgamation of the five forces in the county the following year.

For seven years, until 1975, Mr Scott was at Eastbourne first as sub-divisional commander and then deputy divisional commander. On promotion to Chief Superintendent he took charge of the traffic division. In 1979 he moved to training and in 1980 he took charge of personnel branch before being promoted to assistant chief constable.

During his long career Mr Scott spent time in uniform patrol, CID, training personnel and administrative duties.

He was also involved in the investigation into the IRA bombing at the Grand Hotel in Brighton in 1984 and in 1986 was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1986.

During his retirement he was a member at the Saffrons Bowls Club, joined the Probus Club and worked with Eastbourne Victim Support.

This week Mr Scott’s family and friends paid tribute to him and described him as an officer and a gentleman.

Olive said, “He was a lovely man, always kind, caring and considerate.”

Mr Scott’s former colleague and friend retired chief superintendent Alan Skinner, said, “David was a smashing man, too nice to be a policeman. He always saw the good in everyone. A real officer and a gentleman.”