Wealden district will benefit from a dedicated district commander from today (Monday, 13 January).
Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry has become the new district commander for Wealden, providing closer oversight and liaison on the district where previously there was only one district commander responsible for Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden.
DCI Henry said: "I am really looking forward to getting to grips with my new role as district commander for Wealden. It is my intention to build on the fantastic work already completed by the local policing team.
"As the force lead for burglary prevention I want to focus on such crimes, especially in our rural communities. I am also keen to ensure that we continue to deal with anti-social behaviour on the district.”
DCI Alasdair Henry
The other district commanders for East Sussex are Chief Inspector Di Lewis for Eastbourne and Lewes, and Chief Inspector Sarah Godley for Hastings and Rother.
Chief Inspector Paul Phelps remains in charge of East Sussex Response, while Detective Chief Inspector John Wallace will be joining the division as the full-time DCI for East Sussex Investigations, the role previously held by DCI Henry, who will also still have a regular involvement in investigations.
DCI Alasdair Henry (right) and PCSO Sue Choppin (left) were out meeting members of the public in Uckfield
Chief Superintendent Tanya Jones said: "I am delighted to welcome Chief Inspector Di Lewis as our new district commander for Eastbourne and Lewes, and DCI Alasdair Henry as the new district commander for Wealden.
"Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden is the only hub in Sussex that has three districts and so to have an additional district commander role for this area is an extremely welcome addition, allowing for more effective work to be carried out across all districts.
"My thanks go to Chief Inspector Anita Turner for all the hard work she has undertaken during her time as district commander for Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden.
"I am also delighted to welcome DCI John Wallace, who joins the team at East Sussex Investigations. Giving additional resource to investigations will allow for an even greater strategic overview of this department."
Ch Insp Di Lewis said: "I am delighted to be taking up the post of district commander for Eastbourne and Lewes and looking forward to working with partners, staff and volunteers in serving the communities across the district.
"I have been a police officer for more than 26 years with a wealth of operational experience as well as supporting our staff through periods of significant change.
"In the early part of my career I worked as a sergeant at Uckfield, then on promotion to inspector at Gatwick. I worked as the inspector in charge of Sussex and Surrey Dog Unit and then as the head of alcohol licensing across Sussex – working with partners to minimise the impact of alcohol on local communities
"I am moving from a chief inspector role in our command and control department.
"I look forward to using my policing knowledge and experience to keep the communities of Eastbourne and Lewes safe."
Chief Inspector Di Lewis
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne added: "Putting the Wealden, Lewes and Eastbourne area back under two district commanders will provide much better policing oversight, engagement and resilience.
"Wealden is a sizeable part of Sussex covering more than 300 square miles, so it makes sense for the area to have a dedicated chief inspector to give it the attention and focus it deserves.
“I’m delighted to hear this news and am sure that Wealden residents and businesses will feel the same way.”