Sussex Police to get a new Chief Constable

Jo Shiner chosen as the preferred candidate to be Sussex Chief Constable

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

The announcement comes after a rigorous recruitment process, which began in March, following the retirement announcement from Chief Constable Giles York.

Jo Shiner has been Deputy Chief Constable for Sussex Police for the last 18 months. Previously, she was Assistant Chief Constable for Kent Police.

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 26 June 2020.

Jo Shiner said: “I feel very humbled and privileged to be given the opportunity to be the preferred candidate for the Chief Constable of Sussex. Sussex Police is a fantastic force and, subject to confirmation by the Police and Crime Panel, I am committed to ensuring that we continue to provide the very best possible service to the public, through protecting our communities and making Sussex a hostile environment to criminals.

“I look forward to continuing to work closely with the Police & Crime Commissioner, colleagues and partners to provide the best policing to the community.”

As Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner engages closely with the Police and Crime Commissioner and is a member of the Chief Officer team for Sussex Police.

Jo, who is married to Andrew, started her policing career in Norfolk in 1993, serving up to the rank of Chief Superintendent. She then transferred on promotion to Kent as Assistant Chief Constable in 2014, before joining Sussex Police as Deputy Chief Constable at the end of 2018.

Jo’s career in the police spans almost 28 years, during which time she has undertaken a wide variety of roles. These have predominantly been operational, both in uniform and within the Child and Adult Protection Unit, CID and as a firearms, public order and critical incident commander.

As Deputy Chief Constable, Jo is responsible for the smooth and effective running of Sussex Police and delivering the services that the communities deserve. As part of this she is passionate about supporting local groups and addressing issues that really matter to our communities.

Jo has been pivotal in ensuring that the additional investment into the force has delivered visible results for our communities, including the Tactical Enforcement Units, rural crime teams, local resolution teams and additional DA and stalking investigators. Importantly she has also overseen the investment into addition

Retirement
Chief Constable Giles York’s last working day with Sussex Police will be on Thursday (4 June).

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