New boss for Chichester’s police

Justin Burtenshaw, new district commander for Chichester
Justin Burtenshaw, new district commander for Chichester
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A NEW chief inspector takes up the helm at Chichester Police Station this week.

Justin Burtenshaw, the new district commander, moves to Chichester from Brighton where he has been for his 16-year career at Sussex Police.

He said: “Most recently I have led the Safe in the City Team at Brighton which deals with all aspects of community safety and partnership work. This work includes antisocial behaviour and hate crime, street community work, youth and intervention work and engagement with different communities and travellers as well. I also ran the investigation team for Brighton and Hove Albion Football matches.

“I am keen for my teams to think of innovative ideas to benefit the wider community. An example of this was the Alcohol Diversion Scheme that I introduced in Brighton in 2012 to tackle binge drinking and alcohol related crime and anti social behaviour.

“This scheme was recently launched across West Sussex and will undoubtedly have similar successes that we have seen in Brighton.

“Outside of work my big passion is sport. I am a huge Tottenham Hotspurs fan, so I am often grumpy on a Saturday afternoon. When I am not working, watching Spurs or spending time with my family, you will find me relaxing by a lake, fishing. I live in West Sussex with my wife, 11-year-old daughter and Bouncer the Border Collie.”

He added: “Becoming district commander for Chichester will be both challenging and exciting for me. I’ve inherited an amazing team of officers and staff with a strong sense of identity and team spirit. These are key reasons why I am so excited about my new role. I know that partnership working is also a strength within the Chichester District and I relish the opportunity to develop this further.”

Outgoing district commander Tanya Jones takes on her new role of detective chief inspector as crime manager for West Sussex Division.

She said: “I thoroughly enjoyed working in Chichester as the district commander. I had the pleasure of working in a really great city with a great community spirit, a fantastic team of officers and alongside some committed partner agencies who I have been honoured to work alongside.”