New divi­sional com­man­der sets out his agenda

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Shedding The Pounds -

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.

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