Wealden gets its own Police Commander


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.

Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry has become the new district commander for Wealden.
Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry

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.

In March 2017, Sussex Police brought Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden districts together under one commander, Chief Inspector Emma Brice (more). Chief Inspector Anita Turner replaced Emma Brice in 2018 when she was promoted.

Chief Superintendent Tanya Jones, Divisional Commander for East Sussex, 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.

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.


  1. Oooooo joy to the world ! Another overpaid senior Copper who will make absolutely NO DIFFERENCE WHATSOEVER to crime in Wealden. Try putting a new Police station in Crowborough, the largest inland town in East Sussex and a few proper Police Officers around instead of paying a DCI to sit on his backside and do nothing.

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