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Sussex Police Federation

Sussex Police Federation thank Chief Constable for his work as he announces his stepping down

4 March 2020

The chief constable of Sussex is to step down after six years in charge of the force.

Giles York has led the force for more than 6 years.

Matt Webb, Chairman of Sussex Police Federation, said: "At this time of his departure, I would like to thank the Chief both personally and on behalf of Sussex Police Federation.

"Throughout my tenure as Federation Chair he has always sought to include our voice in the direction setting of the Force.

"We have not always agreed, but have always worked professionally and I have always been allowed to make my position clear – even if it has not always won the day!

"We wish him well for the future."

CC York said: “It has been an absolute privilege to have been a police officer for more than 30 years, to have worked with so many fantastic, hard-working, loyal and selfless people, and an honour to have protected and served the public.

“I have been lucky enough to have enjoyed a career that has been as rewarding as it has been challenging - from beat officer to the most senior detective in charge of policing the ports in Kent, to the operational world of Counter Terrorism and Serious Organised Crime in South Wales.

“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.”