Sussex Police have announced that this week they are bringing Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden districts together under one commander, Chief Inspector Emma Brice.
She will now embrace the role formerly held by Chief Inspector Rob Leet, who has moved to new duties within the local policing branch.
Emma Brice has been district commander for Eastbourne the past two years. Emma, who is married with two children, started her police career in Bexhill-on-Sea. She has since worked in Worthing, Gatwick, Brighton, and a number of roles at police headquarters in Lewes, including Force Command and Control and the Professional Standards Department.
Speaking about her new role, Emma said:
I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two years as district commander for Eastbourne. It has been a pleasure working with the community and partners to keep the town safe and I am thrilled to be able to continue working with them.
I am also delighted to be given the opportunity to be responsible for the policing of Lewes and Wealden, and I am looking forward to getting to know and work with the communities and partners in these areas.
I have already met with some of these partners and it is clear that they are committed to community safety, my priority is to develop these partnerships and ensure that Lewes and Wealden remain safe places in which to live, to work and to visit.
Dave Padwick, Superintendent for Neighbourhood Policing in East Sussex, said:
I’m sure Emma’s skills and experience will help her build on the excellent work already achieved by Rob Leet in Lewes and Wealden, while continuing to expand on her own accomplishments in Eastbourne.
Just over a year ago the Lewes Commander Chief Inspector Rob Leet also assumed responsibility Wealden District.