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

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Jo Shiner (r) with Katy Bourne

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.

Joining Katy Bourne on the interview panel were: Lynne Owens, Director-General of the National Crime Agency; Air Vice-Marshal Bob Judson (retired senior Royal Air Force Officer and Sussex resident) and Mrs Dianne Newton (an experienced Associate Assessor for the College of Policing, appointed by Mrs Bourne as an independent observer). 

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

Mrs Bourne said:

“Jo Shiner has a wealth of operational policing experience at all levels and has already demonstrated a passion for Sussex, its people and police force, in her role as Deputy Chief Constable over the last 18 months.

 “Throughout this time she has really impressed me with her commitment to making our county an even safer place in which to live and work.

“She believes in achieving this through proactive policing, tougher enforcement, successful community engagement and a greater policing presence in our towns and villages. These are all the things the public have told me they want.

“She has already demonstrated strong leadership within the force and a deep understanding of the complexities facing our communities, with a passion to protect the most vulnerable. 

“I am confident that, going forwards, Jo will be an inspirational, hard-working and hands-on Chief Constable for Sussex 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.”

Biography for Jo Shiner

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 additional PCSOs and road policing officers. All of these mean that the force can do more to protect our communities, catch more criminals and deliver an outstanding service to victims, witnesses and the wider public. Jo has also supported the recruitment and delivery of the additional officers through both the Op Uplift programme and the local precept investment. 

In addition, in January 2020 Jo took over the NPCC National Lead for the policing of Children and Young People. She is also the NPCC National Lead for Police Fitness.

Outside of work, Jo proudly sits as a Trustee for the charity Embrace (Child Victims of Crime) and has previously volunteered and raised money for The Princes Trust. She is an active member and keen supporter of a number of charities, including the Beachy Head Chaplains who save hundreds of lives every year.  She is a keen sportswoman, regularly signing up for events to fund raise for various charities, and is the proud owner of a very exuberant, and much-loved rescued Mountain dog, Rocky.

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“I would do it again” says Chief Constable Giles York as he leaves Sussex Police after 30 years service

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On the last day of Chief Constable Giles York’s 30 years of police service, he reflected on his most rewarding career and said given the choice he would do it again.

“To anyone joining the force I can say you will have a fantastic career ahead of you wherever you choose to take it.” he said. “Policing comes with two health warnings. We do put ourselves in the way of harm, however Sussex Police is well equipped to look after you physically and mentally when this occurs; and policing is an addiction; it is a difficult passion to let go of.

“A friend called Richard Ing left Durham University the year before me and joined the Metropolitan Police. When he talked to me about his work, he said “I cannot wait to get back to work on Monday…” I am so grateful to him for that insight and I still feel like that today.”

Giles, who is married with three children, joined Sussex Police in 2008 as Deputy Chief Constable. He was promoted to Chief Constable in 2014 and was awarded QPM for services to policing in 2015. He started his career in Kent Police in 1990 before going on to become an Assistant Chief Constable with South Wales Police in 2005.  

During his time as Chief Constable, he led the force’s change programme, which looked at ways of modernising the Force to improve the service for the public whilst making £50million worth of savings.

He said:

“As Chief Constable the greatest challenge has to have been finding the savings we had to make and taking the difficult decisions about what we were no longer going to do. But also rising to the challenge with my whole leadership team to keep the force focused with delivering the best public service possible, keeping morale as high as possible and still investing in the changes that keeps us modern and relevant.”

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.

He said:

“I am proud to have given Sussex a local, national and international voice – with Sussex recognised for providing the most outstanding force contribution to disability, recognised nationally, through the work of our diversity champions, as the highest ranking police force in the Stonewall top 100 employers and internationally recognised as UN Women champion for HeforShe with every force in the country coming on board.

“One of the greatest privileges of being a police officer is the access that you are allowed. Sometimes that is access to places where no one else can go but more often it is the access you are allowed into people’s lives and the trust they show you. Policing is always about building relationships: engaging, communicating and caring whether that is with victims, organisations or each and every one of my own staff.

“I will leave you in the capable hands of an experienced and forward-thinking leader in Jo Shiner. Our plans for the force to grow in strength this year and in future years are coming to fruition, our role in the community could never be more important on the back of a national crisis that we have seen around Covid-19 and the need for policing to understand its communities more than ever before in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd and what we are seeing unfolding in America. I believe Sussex Police is really well placed with the people and desire to meet these challenges positively.”

Giles is the vice chair of National Police Chiefs’ Council, the national police lead for Workforce, Intellectual Property Crime and led the national Digital Policing Programme. He has had a critical role in leading many national changes in policing over recent years.

Mr York’s final day was marked at Sussex Police headquarters in Lewes where he carried out his very last inspection of new police recruits and where his career was recognised and applauded by senior leaders based at the site.

Sussex PCC Katy Bourne said that Chief Constable Giles York would be sorely missed but his impact on policing in Sussex and nationally would endure.

She said:

“Having steered Sussex Police through some difficult times your legacy is a compassionate, intelligent police force that people are proud to work for and that always strives to do the right thing. 

“You have mentored and nurtured an outstanding generation of police leaders and on behalf of the people of Sussex our thanks for your unswerving public duty and integrity and my best wishes for the future.”

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