New Sussex Police divisional commander takes up role

Steve Whitton SUS-150903-124519001
Steve Whitton SUS-150903-124519001

The new divisional commander for West Sussex, Chief Superintendent Steve Whitton, takes up his role this month.

Moving from Brighton and Hove division, Steve Whitton took over the West Sussex division on March 9, following the retirement of Chief Superintendent Martin Walker.

He is no stranger to West Sussex having lived there for 25 years and carried out a number of policing roles on the division including neighbourhood inspector in Mid Sussex and as Arun’s district commander from 2003 to 2005.

Steve joined Sussex Police as an officer 28 years ago.

“It is a real privilege to be taking over as the West Sussex divisional commander and a great opportunity for me to build on the strong legacy Martin leaves behind,” said Steve.

“I will be joining a fantastic team who are committed to keeping West Sussex safe by providing a quality policing service to those who need us. My focus will continue to be working in partnership to reduce crime, catching criminals and protecting the vulnerable.

It is a real privilege to be taking over as the West Sussex divisional commander

Steve Whitton

“I am really looking forward to getting out and about to meet my new team and working with them to shape a policing service to embrace the challenges of the future.”

Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York said: “I am really pleased that Steve has been appointed as the new divisional commander for West Sussex.

“Steve inherits a strong team of officers and staff and I know that with his policing experience and diligent leadership, the division will continue to deliver an excellent public service to the residents of West Sussex.

“West Sussex County Council was instrumental in the selection process to appoint Steve.

Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “I look forward to working with Steve in his new role. We’ve always had a very good and strong working relationship with Sussex Police and I have no doubt that will continue under Steve’s leadership.”

Steve said he chose to become a police officer because of the ‘variety, challenge and opportunity’ of policing. “Through policing you can make a real difference to those who most need you when affected by some of the most tragic and difficult circumstances. That can be hugely rewarding. I also have a strong sense of fairness, justice and supporting those who are most vulnerable.”