New Rother police chief takes over

BATTLE and villages have a new police chief.

Chief Inspector Trevor Botting took up his new role as District Commander for Rother on Wednesday June 1, following the departure of Chief Inspector Heather Keating, who has moved to a new role at Sussex Police Headquarters.

Ch Insp Botting, who is local to Rother, said: “I am delighted and really looking forward to taking up my new role.

“It is a real privilege and I am looking forward to getting out and about to meet the communities across Rother and learn what concerns they have about local policing.

“I am inheriting a strong team of staff and police officers, some of whom I have already met and others who I am looking forward to getting to know over the next few months.

“I am local to the district and it is great to be given the opportunity to oversee the policing of an area that I know and love.”

Ch Insp Botting has been a serving officer with Sussex Police for 27 years.

In the early part of his career he worked in neighbourhood policing and traffic.

In 2005 he was promoted to inspector and served at Gatwick, where he was responsible for introducing the first Neighbourhood Police Team to the airport. Since 2007, he has been working as a chief inspector in Operations at Sussex Police HQ in Lewes, managing the Tactical Firearms and Dog units.