Chief Inspector Rob Leet has recently taken over the role of Wealden District Commander, a move which sees Rob taking command of both Wealden and his current command of Lewes District.
In his message on the Sussex Police website introducing himself, Chief Inspector Rob Leet said:
I am looking forward to meeting the people of Wealden, and the many partners who help us to make the district an extremely safe place in which to live and work, over the coming months. Chief Inspector Gary Pike will be moving on to a new role within Sussex Police and I know you will join me in thanking him for all his hard work and wishing him the very best.
This merger of command will form part of longer term plans under the Local Policing Programme, the primary aim of which is to deliver the most effective service possible, keeping the public safe and catching criminals while reducing costs. Improved technology with more efficient and agile use of resources will enable the achievement of these aims and help build the capability to prevent crime. Partnership working will be improved to ensure that, where an issue is not a police matter, the public can be put in touch with the agency most appropriate to help.
The move will provide greater flexibility for District Commanders to respond to emerging threats and risk and prioritise demand based on harm. Working together as a larger team, the two Districts will be able to operate without boundaries, sharing best practice and being more flexible in managing tasks and deploying resources, as well as benefiting from increased operational support and improved public engagement.
Chief Inspector Gary Pike said:
I have enjoyed my time at Wealden immensely and am proud of what my dedicated team of officers and staff have achieved during my time in the post. I know I leave the district not only in good shape but in very capable hands. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the partners and organisations who I have worked with while in Wealden – there are too many to mention individually – for their support and excellent work, which I know will continue for many years to come.