JO SHINER has been formally welcomed as the new chief constable of Sussex Police.

The former deputy chief constable appointed on June 30 by police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne was unanimously supported by the county’s Police and Crime Panel.

Her new position was celebrated with a ceremony at Sussex Police headquarters in Lewes.

Chief constable Shiner’s new chief officer and staff team gathered on the lawn of Malling House to witness her officially being presented with her warrant card and epaulettes by PCC Bourne.

Chief constable Shiner said: “I am honestly and truly honoured and humbled to be the new chief constable of Sussex, and as the first woman in that role, I feel privileged to make that piece of history in Sussex.

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"During my 18 months serving as deputy chief constable, I have experienced the hard work and dedication of all my colleagues in Sussex Police, from our Chief Officer team to our frontline officers and the staff who support them. And while a lot of hard work has gone in on my part, I would like to sincerely thank all those who have supported me in my role, not least my husband Andrew, as I would not have achieved this without them.

"Knowing how diligently and professionally everyone within Sussex Police works, I am confident we will continue to achieve strong results every single day, delivering on my priorities for the year ahead, which are to protect our communities, catch criminals and provide an outstanding service to victims, witnesses and the wider public."

In the role of chief constable, she has pledged to make Sussex Police tougher on tackling crime, even more supportive to victims of crime and to make sure that more officers and PCSOs are engaging with residents and visitors in our cities, towns and villages.

PCC Bourne welcomed her into the role, and said she was confident her appointment would be successful.

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She said: "Chief constable Shiner is clearly passionate about this role and the positive influence she can have on officers and staff across the county. Today is a proud moment for her and her family and I believe we have made the best decision for the future of Sussex Police and the safety of our residents.

"Over the last year I have been consulting extensively with the public and will be basing my priorities, in my upcoming Police and Crime Plan, on the needs expressed by the communities Sussex Police serve.

"Congratulations Jo, I look forward to working closely with you and your senior team."