Sussex Police Chief Constable announces retirement after 32-year career

The Argus: Sussex Police Chief Constable announced retirement after 32-year career Sussex Police Chief Constable announced retirement after 32-year career

The Chief Constable of Sussex Police has announced he is to step down after more than six years.

Martin Richards who served as Wiltshire's chief constable before joining Sussex, is to step down in March following a policing career of 32 years.

Announcing his decision, he said: "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 during his six years as Chief Constable.

"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 and in the meantime I have every confidence that the current Chief Officer team has the skills and resilience to lead the force."

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12:05pm Fri 6 Dec 13

whoee! says...

And may i say what a marvellous legacy you have left behind lol
And may i say what a marvellous legacy you have left behind lol whoee!

1:06pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Quiterie says...

Enjoy your taxpayer funded retirement Martin. Safe in the knowledge that the people paying for your pension can only dream of retiring in their early 50s.
Enjoy your taxpayer funded retirement Martin. Safe in the knowledge that the people paying for your pension can only dream of retiring in their early 50s. Quiterie

8:36pm Fri 6 Dec 13

worthingite says...

Best Chief Sussex has had in years,a human being,not power crazy,first week he was in his new job,he was surrounded by top brass and came over to say hello to me,I am nothing to do with the job either.
Best Chief Sussex has had in years,a human being,not power crazy,first week he was in his new job,he was surrounded by top brass and came over to say hello to me,I am nothing to do with the job either. worthingite

7:03am Sat 7 Dec 13

emma_barnes says...

Quiterie wrote:
Enjoy your taxpayer funded retirement Martin. Safe in the knowledge that the people paying for your pension can only dream of retiring in their early 50s.
Ah yes - the Pension he has contributed to himself for 32 years, paying at least 12% of his salary to build up.
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: Enjoy your taxpayer funded retirement Martin. Safe in the knowledge that the people paying for your pension can only dream of retiring in their early 50s.[/p][/quote]Ah yes - the Pension he has contributed to himself for 32 years, paying at least 12% of his salary to build up. emma_barnes

7:23am Sat 7 Dec 13

Quiterie says...

emma_barnes wrote:
Quiterie wrote:
Enjoy your taxpayer funded retirement Martin. Safe in the knowledge that the people paying for your pension can only dream of retiring in their early 50s.
Ah yes - the Pension he has contributed to himself for 32 years, paying at least 12% of his salary to build up.
Correct..... and the taxpayer picks up the tab for the massive amount that those contributions don't cover. Police Officers are retiring at 50, with massive pensions and of course they're still young enough to start another career to boost their earnings even more.
[quote][p][bold]emma_barnes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: Enjoy your taxpayer funded retirement Martin. Safe in the knowledge that the people paying for your pension can only dream of retiring in their early 50s.[/p][/quote]Ah yes - the Pension he has contributed to himself for 32 years, paying at least 12% of his salary to build up.[/p][/quote]Correct..... and the taxpayer picks up the tab for the massive amount that those contributions don't cover. Police Officers are retiring at 50, with massive pensions and of course they're still young enough to start another career to boost their earnings even more. Quiterie

12:12pm Sat 7 Dec 13

silverfox499 says...

Quiterie wrote:
emma_barnes wrote:
Quiterie wrote:
Enjoy your taxpayer funded retirement Martin. Safe in the knowledge that the people paying for your pension can only dream of retiring in their early 50s.
Ah yes - the Pension he has contributed to himself for 32 years, paying at least 12% of his salary to build up.
Correct..... and the taxpayer picks up the tab for the massive amount that those contributions don't cover. Police Officers are retiring at 50, with massive pensions and of course they're still young enough to start another career to boost their earnings even more.
Wrong. With Tome Winsor, the rail regulator, having carried out a review all officers now work until they're 60, with increased contributions and a smaller pension.
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emma_barnes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: Enjoy your taxpayer funded retirement Martin. Safe in the knowledge that the people paying for your pension can only dream of retiring in their early 50s.[/p][/quote]Ah yes - the Pension he has contributed to himself for 32 years, paying at least 12% of his salary to build up.[/p][/quote]Correct..... and the taxpayer picks up the tab for the massive amount that those contributions don't cover. Police Officers are retiring at 50, with massive pensions and of course they're still young enough to start another career to boost their earnings even more.[/p][/quote]Wrong. With Tome Winsor, the rail regulator, having carried out a review all officers now work until they're 60, with increased contributions and a smaller pension. silverfox499

12:56pm Sat 7 Dec 13

fredaj says...

emma_barnes wrote:
Quiterie wrote:
Enjoy your taxpayer funded retirement Martin. Safe in the knowledge that the people paying for your pension can only dream of retiring in their early 50s.
Ah yes - the Pension he has contributed to himself for 32 years, paying at least 12% of his salary to build up.
Given this man's retirement will most likely be longer than the years he actually worked, 12% is a pittance. You must see that?

Let's say - just for illustration - that he earned £30,000 a year, every year for 30 years; his contribution would have been £108,000

He is probably retiring on 75% of his final salary and that pension will be index linked and will have provision for a widow and the cost will be hundreds of thousands of pounds, if not more than a million.

Where do you imagine the rest of that money comes from?
[quote][p][bold]emma_barnes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: Enjoy your taxpayer funded retirement Martin. Safe in the knowledge that the people paying for your pension can only dream of retiring in their early 50s.[/p][/quote]Ah yes - the Pension he has contributed to himself for 32 years, paying at least 12% of his salary to build up.[/p][/quote]Given this man's retirement will most likely be longer than the years he actually worked, 12% is a pittance. You must see that? Let's say - just for illustration - that he earned £30,000 a year, every year for 30 years; his contribution would have been £108,000 He is probably retiring on 75% of his final salary and that pension will be index linked and will have provision for a widow and the cost will be hundreds of thousands of pounds, if not more than a million. Where do you imagine the rest of that money comes from? fredaj

12:58pm Sat 7 Dec 13

fredaj says...

silverfox499 wrote:
Quiterie wrote:
emma_barnes wrote:
Quiterie wrote:
Enjoy your taxpayer funded retirement Martin. Safe in the knowledge that the people paying for your pension can only dream of retiring in their early 50s.
Ah yes - the Pension he has contributed to himself for 32 years, paying at least 12% of his salary to build up.
Correct..... and the taxpayer picks up the tab for the massive amount that those contributions don't cover. Police Officers are retiring at 50, with massive pensions and of course they're still young enough to start another career to boost their earnings even more.
Wrong. With Tome Winsor, the rail regulator, having carried out a review all officers now work until they're 60, with increased contributions and a smaller pension.
Pension already accrued will not be affected by changes that being brought in now.
[quote][p][bold]silverfox499[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emma_barnes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: Enjoy your taxpayer funded retirement Martin. Safe in the knowledge that the people paying for your pension can only dream of retiring in their early 50s.[/p][/quote]Ah yes - the Pension he has contributed to himself for 32 years, paying at least 12% of his salary to build up.[/p][/quote]Correct..... and the taxpayer picks up the tab for the massive amount that those contributions don't cover. Police Officers are retiring at 50, with massive pensions and of course they're still young enough to start another career to boost their earnings even more.[/p][/quote]Wrong. With Tome Winsor, the rail regulator, having carried out a review all officers now work until they're 60, with increased contributions and a smaller pension.[/p][/quote]Pension already accrued will not be affected by changes that being brought in now. fredaj

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