Giles York chosen as the preferred candidate to be Sussex Chief Constable


Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has chosen Giles York as her preferred candidate to be the new Sussex Chief Constable.

The announcement follows a rigorous recruitment process, which began in April, following the retirement of former Chief Constable, Martin Richards.

Joining Katy Bourne on the selection board were Sir Denis O’Connor, former Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Air Vice-Marshal Robert W Judson FRAeS RAF, Director Joint Warfare, Ministry of Defence, and Mrs Dianne Newton, an experienced HR professional appointed by the College of Policing as an independent observer.

Giles York has been temporary Chief Constable for Sussex Police since March 2014. He was previously Deputy Chief Constable since 2008 with responsibility for performance, engagement, reputation, change and risk management.

Mrs Bourne said: “Mr York has exceptional experience of policing, having held a number of positions in senior leadership.

“Throughout the recruitment process he showed a passion for Sussex, its people and police force. He also demonstrated a strong commitment to developing partnership working across the county as well as engaging with residents to meet their policing needs and keep Sussex safe.”

The Police and Crime Panel will be formally notified of the proposed appointment in due course. This will be subject to a confirmation hearing at their meeting on Friday 27 June, 2014.

Giles York said: “I am delighted to have been recommended as the next Chief Constable of Sussex Police. Subject to confirmation by the Police and Crime Panel, I look forward to working with the Police & Crime Commissioner and everyone in the Force to deliver the priorities in the Police & Crime Plan and ensure that the people of Sussex have access to the best possible policing services when they need them.”

Biography for Giles York
As T/Chief Constable (T/CC), Giles York engages closely with the Police and Crime Commissioner and leads the Chief Officer team for Sussex Police.

He is married with three children and he started his service with Kent Police in 1990. Giles went on to serve as the Area Commander of Medway and then Head of Special Branch within Kent Police. He had responsibility for the policing of the Channel Tunnel, the Kent ports and worked in the office of the National Co-ordinator of Special Branch.

Giles York was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable with South Wales Police in 2005, where his portfolio included local policing and force crime and operations as well as being the lead for Counter Terrorism for Wales and Serious and Organised Crime. He was also the Gold Commander for several significant force and regional operations, including environmental protests involving a number of forces.

Giles was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in Sussex Police in 2008. He was Programme Director for Serving Sussex 2015, the Force’s change programme, which looked at ways of modernising the Force to improve the service for the public whilst making £50 million worth of savings.

Giles is the force lead for Diversity and in this role he has established a network of force champions who lead internally and externally for different aspects of diversity. Giles’s work with the diversity champions has led to Sussex Police regularly being in the Stonewall top 100 employers.

He is the national police lead for the High Potential Development Scheme (HPDS), Fast Track and Direct Entry, Intellectual Property Crime and National Analysts, and Digital First (a national programme that seeks to digitise the policing contribution to the criminal justice system making it more efficient and effective).

Giles also chairs the Niche Development Board which seeks to deliver the opportunity for forces to operate from a single, cloud based platform.

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