Wealden now has a dedicated police district commander. Previously there was only one commander responsible for Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden.
Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry has been appointed to the new role to provide “closer oversight and liaison on the district”.
DCI Henry said on the Sussex Police website: “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.”
The other district commanders for East Sussex are Chief Inspector Di Lewis for Eastbourne and Lewes – she once worked as a sergeant at Uckfield – and Chief Inspector Sarah Godley for Hastings and Rother.
Chief Inspector Paul Phelps remains in charge of East Sussex Response, while Detective Chief Inspector John Wallace will be joining the division as the full-time DCI for East Sussex Investigations, the role previously held by DCI Henry, who will also still have a regular involvement in investigations.
• Chief Inspector Anita Turner who was district commander for Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden has been thanked for her work by Ch Supt Tanya Jones.