THE CHIEF Constable of Sussex has announced he will retire in March after six years at the top.
Martin Richards, will step down after a 32-year-long career in policing.
He joined Sussex after serving as the chief constable of Wiltshire Police.
Announcing his retirement last Friday, chief constable Martin Richards; “This is not a decision I have taken lightly. My career as a police officer has been a rewarding one and it has been a particular privilege to serve as chief constable of Sussex.
“It had always been my intention to retire as is usual after 30 years service. But I felt it right to support first the Police Authority in their final months and then the newly elected police and crime commissioner through into her second year in office.
“It has been my good fortune to serve alongside excellent people and talented and committed partners who, together, have made a huge contribution towards consistently reducing crime in Sussex. I shall remember with affection and admiration a workforce that consistently demonstrates the highest qualities of compassion, courage, a sense of justice and above all an overwhelming desire to serve.”
Police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne, said: “I would like to recognise Martin’s tremendous contribution to Sussex Police. It has been a pleasure working with him during my first year in office and he has been a great support to me. During his service as chief constable he has steered the force through difficult times and met some significant financial challenges. Plans are being put in place to advertise and recruit a new chief constable.”