New divisional commander sets out his agenda
A new police boss for east Kent has been appointed.
Ch Supt Jon Sutton takes over as the divisional commander for an area that includes Ashford, Tenterden, Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh from Alan Horton who has been promoted to temporary Assistant Chief Constable, following the retirement of Ian Learmonth as Chief Constable.
Ch Supt Sutton has more than 27 years’ experience with Kent Police having spent most of his career as a detective, working his way up through the ranks in a variety of different roles.
As Detective Chief Superintendent he recently worked on the implementation of predictive policing throughout Kent.
Ch Supt Sutton said: “I’m delighted and privileged to be leading the East Division. On my first day here I was reminded of the bravery and courage my officers routinely display putting themselves in harm’s way to protect the public following an incident in Folkestone where two officers were injured.
“My priority will be to cut crime and catch criminals whilst ensuring we continue to provide visible policing within our neighbourhoods solving local problems.
“I will be working closely with my five district commanders to ensure we are providing a first class service protecting and serving all of our communities from Canterbury to the coastal towns, Ashford, and our more isolated rural areas.”
Ch Supt Sutton is married and lives near Canterbury with his wife and five children aged between 5 and 16.