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Thursday, 11 June 2020
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"I would do it again" says Chief Constable Giles York on leaving after 30 years
On the last day of Chief Constable Giles York’s 30 years of police service, he reflected on his most rewarding career and said given the choice he would do it again.
“To anyone joining the force I can say you will have a fantastic career ahead of you wherever you choose to take it.” he said. “Policing comes with two health warnings. We do put ourselves in the way of harm, however Sussex Police is well equipped to look after you physically and mentally when this occurs; and policing is an addiction; it is a difficult passion to let go of.
“A friend called Richard Ing left Durham University the year before me and joined the Metropolitan Police. When he talked to me about his work, he said “I cannot wait to get back to work on Monday…” I am so grateful to him for that insight and I still feel like that today.”
Giles, who is married with three children, joined Sussex Police in 2008 as Deputy Chief Constable. He was promoted to Chief Constable in 2014 and was awarded QPM for services to policing in 2015. He started his career in Kent Police in 1990 before going on to become an Assistant Chief Constable with South Wales Police in 2005.
During his time as Chief Constable, he led the force’s change programme, which looked at ways of modernising the Force to improve the service for the public whilst making £50million worth of savings.
He said: “As Chief Constable the greatest challenge has to have been finding the savings we had to make and taking the difficult decisions about what we were no longer going to do. But also rising to the challenge with my whole leadership team to keep the force focused with delivering the best public service possible, keeping morale as high as possible and still investing in the changes that keeps us modern and relevant.”
Giles is the force lead for Diversity and in this role he has established a network of force champions who lead internally and externally for different aspects of diversity.
He said: “I am proud to have given Sussex a local, national and international voice – with Sussex recognised for providing the most outstanding force contribution to disability, recognised nationally, through the work of our diversity champions, as the highest ranking police force in the Stonewall top 100 employers and internationally recognised as UN Women champion for HeforShe with every force in the country coming on board.
“One of the greatest privileges of being a police officer is the access that you are allowed. Sometimes that is access to places where no one else can go but more often it is the access you are allowed into people’s lives and the trust they show you. Policing is always about building relationships: engaging, communicating and caring whether that is with victims, organisations or each and every one of my own staff.
“I will leave you in the capable hands of an experienced and forward-thinking leader in Jo Shiner. Our plans for the force to grow in strength this year and in future years are coming to fruition, our role in the community could never be more important on the back of a national crisis that we have seen around Covid-19 and the need for policing to understand its communities more than ever before in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd and what we are seeing unfolding in America. I believe Sussex Police is really well placed with the people and desire to meet these challenges positively.”
Giles is the vice chair of National Police Chiefs' Council, the national police lead for Workforce, Intellectual Property Crime and led the national Digital Policing Programme. He has had a critical role in leading many national changes in policing over recent years.
Mr York’s final day was marked at Sussex Police headquarters in Lewes where he carried out his very last inspection of new police recruits and where his career was recognised and applauded by senior leaders based at the site.
Sussex PCC Katy Bourne said that Chief Constable Giles York would be sorely missed but his impact on policing in Sussex and nationally would endure.
She said: “Having steered Sussex Police through some difficult times your legacy is a compassionate, intelligent police force that people are proud to work for and that always strives to do the right thing.
“You have mentored and nurtured an outstanding generation of police leaders and on behalf of the people of Sussex our thanks for your unswerving public duty and integrity and my best wishes for the future.”
Be wary of investment fraud scams in Sussex
Police are warning of investment fraud after a number of victims have lost money to scams.
In May, police have recorded 20 cases of investment fraud where the victim is deemed vulnerable, resulting in a total loss of £1,208,864 in Sussex.
The scams typically involve a fraudster pretending to be from an investment company, offering victims opportunities and claiming they're likely to profit from them. The victims then realised they have been scammed and report it to police.
The majority of victims have been contacted by telephone, but some were found on social media and others were looking for investments online.
A woman in her 60s from Ferring received calls from men claiming to be from Blackrock investment company.
She was persuaded by the fraudsters to invest and write a cheque for £75,000 that was collected by courier. This cheque did not go through, so the victim went into her bank and made a transfer of the same sum to an account.
The victim reported to her bank and it is being investigated.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued a warning about fraudsters posing as Blackrock - which is a legitimate investment company - in a convincing manner. It advises people to be wary of cold callers as this is typical of scammers.
A man in his 70s in Chichester was searching online for where to invest when pop-up came up from what appeared to be an investment company.
He was contacted by a man saying he is from the company and was talked through possible investment opportunities.
The victim said everything seemed very plausible and legitimate due to what he read online and what he was told by the fraudster so decided to go through with it.
He tried to send £25,000 but his bank fortunately stopped it. He then tried to send £10,000, £10,000 and £5,000.
The man sent him a message saying he received £5,000 but nothing else.
The victim got in contact with his bank to find out why and he was passed onto Action Fraud. Thankfully he managed to get all his money back.
PC Bernadette Lawrie, Financial Safeguarding Abuse Officer for Sussex and Surrey Police said: "We are seeing victims lose devastating sums of money to fraudsters and are urging people to be wary when contacted by strangers about their money.
"If you are thinking of making an investment always check people are from where they say they are.
"Take your time to make decisions and remember that if something sounds too good to be true then it probably is."
Report crime online or by calling 101.
For more information about Operation Signature, Sussex Police's campaign to identify and protect vulnerable victims of fraud see the Force website here.
Police donation to help fund play sessions for children in Pevensey
Police have donated £500 to help fund play events and equipment for children in Pevensey.
The money was given to the Friends of Pevensey Playgrounds from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF) - a pot of money made up from the sale of found property and from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.
The cash will be used to help fund a number of free play events at Wallsend Recreation Ground during the school holidays. Any surplus money will be put towards buying new equipment at one of the three playgrounds in Pevensey.
PCSO Richie Davidson, who supported the PPAF application, said: "These play events will benefit the whole community and will be very helpful in trying to rebuild relationships after Covid-19, particularly for children who have not been able to see their friends or attend school.
"Three trial ones were held in 2019 and they were each attended by more than 30 children, plus their families. They were also very welcomed by grandparents who had caring responsibilities while parents were at work.
"We hope this will encourage ownership of the grounds and lead to less dog fouling and litter in the area, and also prevent vandalism in future."
Ongoing Speeding Issues Birling Gap
We are aware that there is an on-going issue with vehicle speeding, noise and anti social behaviour around East Dean and Birling Gap.
We have been working with our communities, Road Safety Partnership and local Police Teams, and have spent time targeting the area with hi-visibility patrols at peak times; these taskings will continue to be carried out to deter these actions, and address your concerns.
We would continue to encourage the Public to report concerns to Operation Crackdown here: http://orlo.uk/XBldO
This is a joint initiative run by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and Sussex Police, which gives the communities of Sussex an opportunity to report specific instances of anti-social or dangerous driving, speeding, and driving whilst using a mobile phone etc.
These reports help give us an oversight of when and where anti-social driving incidents in Sussex are taking place
There have been two commercial premises reporting burglaries this week.
We are urging members of the public who own a business to read our crime prevention advice around protecting your business here: www.sussex.police.uk
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