New Sussex Police Chief Constable is set to be the current deputy, Jo Shiner.
The process of finding a new chief constable began in March following a retirement announcement from Chief Constable Giles York.
Jo has been deputy chief constable for Sussex for the past 18 months. Before that she was assistant chief constable for Kent Police.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, who announced her preferred candidate for the post yesterday, 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 forward, Jo will be an inspirational, hard-working and hands-on Chief Constable for Sussex Police.”
The appointment will be subject to confirmation at a Police and Crime Panel meeting on Friday, June 26, 2020.
Jo 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.”
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”, according to a biography released by the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.
“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 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.”