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Council leader pays tribute to departing Brighton and Hove police chief

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Brighton and Hove City Council leader Jason Kitcat has paid tribute to the city's top policemand who is to retire after 30 years in the force.

Chief Superintendent Graham Bartlett has been head of Brighton and Hove police since January 2009.

He has announced he will retire from Sussex Police on March 31 after the “great privilege” of three decades in the force.

In a statement released yesterday (November 14) he said: “To have served in every rank at Brighton and Hove has been a great honour and over the years I have made many great friends here.

“I truly believe that our city is a very special place with vibrant and diverse people and communities served by truly remarkable and capable people in all sectors.

“I have been humbled to be part of the partnerships which have made Brighton and Hove a safer and healthier place to live, work and visit.

“I leave the service at a time of great change but I know that whatever the future holds our organisation will continue to have public service at its heart.”

Ch Supt Bartlett has overseen a budget of £25 million and more than 600 staff in his role as the city’s top cop.

"Incredible public servant"

Among the more controversial topics during his tenure have been policing of protests, such as those by Smash EDO and March for England, and overseeing the Labour and Liberal Democrat national party conferences.

He also recently featured alongside celebrity comedian Russell Brand in a TV documentary about drug abuse.

Brighton and Hove City Council leader Jason Kitcat said: “Graham has been an incredible public servant and really made a huge contribution to the city and brought real change to the way policing is viewed in the city.

“If you look at the approach to policing protests or the way community concerns are dealt with, it’s completely changed. We would have liked to have kept him for as long as we could have.”

In April, The Argus reported how Ch Supt Bartlett was among 53 officers who would leave Sussex Police under Regulation A19 of the Police Pensions Regulations.

However, the threat of forced retirement after 30 years’ service – which was used as part of a £52 million budget-cutting plan – was lifted by Sussex Police Authority in May.

A spokeswoman for Sussex Police said a process to identify the new divisional commander for Brighton and Hove will start in the New Year.

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9:53am Wed 14 Nov 12

Cabin fever says...

"chie"? C'mon Argus...

Oh, and good luck and happy retirement to Mr Bartlett.
"chie"? C'mon Argus... Oh, and good luck and happy retirement to Mr Bartlett. Cabin fever
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10:01am Wed 14 Nov 12

Sarah Booker Lewis says...

Cabin fever wrote:
"chie"? C'mon Argus...

Oh, and good luck and happy retirement to Mr Bartlett.
Corrected. I apologise.
[quote][p][bold]Cabin fever[/bold] wrote: "chie"? C'mon Argus... Oh, and good luck and happy retirement to Mr Bartlett.[/p][/quote]Corrected. I apologise. Sarah Booker Lewis
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10:07am Wed 14 Nov 12

wole says...

What does Kitcat know about the story?
How does he know what he has done for the last 30 years. Get back to your tree house Kitcat.
What does Kitcat know about the story? How does he know what he has done for the last 30 years. Get back to your tree house Kitcat. wole
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10:11am Wed 14 Nov 12

Algeria Touchshriek says...

I am sure an old school policeman like Supt Bartlett absolutely loves being thanked by a Kitkat who openly supports criminals like squatters.

Yes the way protests are policed has changed. We are too soft and leave the left wing unwashed do what they want by disrupting trade and shoppers. Yet a tiny whiff of EDL or BNP then the police arrest, arrest, arrest.

Whilst I despise the BNP almost as much as the Kitkat and the snot Greens, they have a say too. And the way the police have fallen foul to left wing bias is scary.

So two things to draw from this.

1. Supt Bartlett is not sitting at home with his tea and a hobnob saying "Yeah, Kitkat is a really nice man. I am so glad Brighton accepts squatters and travelers and I am really thankful for left wing propaganda ruining the entire police set up"

2. The Kitkat is not sitting at home with his herbal tea and Trill sandwich saying "Yeah, the Police are so great. Gone are the days when they actually did horrible things like arrest criminals"

Vote snot Green - A Vote for Criminals
I am sure an old school policeman like Supt Bartlett absolutely loves being thanked by a Kitkat who openly supports criminals like squatters. Yes the way protests are policed has changed. We are too soft and leave the left wing unwashed do what they want by disrupting trade and shoppers. Yet a tiny whiff of EDL or BNP then the police arrest, arrest, arrest. Whilst I despise the BNP almost as much as the Kitkat and the snot Greens, they have a say too. And the way the police have fallen foul to left wing bias is scary. So two things to draw from this. 1. Supt Bartlett is not sitting at home with his tea and a hobnob saying "Yeah, Kitkat is a really nice man. I am so glad Brighton accepts squatters and travelers and I am really thankful for left wing propaganda ruining the entire police set up" 2. The Kitkat is not sitting at home with his herbal tea and Trill sandwich saying "Yeah, the Police are so great. Gone are the days when they actually did horrible things like arrest criminals" Vote snot Green - A Vote for Criminals Algeria Touchshriek
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9:17am Thu 15 Nov 12

mnairb says...

So let me get this straight in my mind and do a bit of arithmetic. The Argus doesn't say how old Supt. Bartlett is, but, assuming he joined the police aged 18, he is retiring on a full pension at 48/49 - time enough for a second career. Nice work if you can get it! I thought that the government were going to clamp down on 'unaffordable' public sector pensions - some hope!
So let me get this straight in my mind and do a bit of arithmetic. The Argus doesn't say how old Supt. Bartlett is, but, assuming he joined the police aged 18, he is retiring on a full pension at 48/49 - time enough for a second career. Nice work if you can get it! I thought that the government were going to clamp down on 'unaffordable' public sector pensions - some hope! mnairb
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2:48am Mon 19 Nov 12

tonybee says...

C'mon Chaps Bartlett is a good guy The last thing he needs is ANYTHNG
To do with the Green Communist party
C'mon Chaps Bartlett is a good guy The last thing he needs is ANYTHNG To do with the Green Communist party tonybee
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2:48am Mon 19 Nov 12

tonybee says...

C'mon Chaps Bartlett is a good guy The last thing he needs is ANYTHNG
To do with the Green Communist party
C'mon Chaps Bartlett is a good guy The last thing he needs is ANYTHNG To do with the Green Communist party tonybee
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