Police commissioner wants £45k deputy - statement

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has announced her intention to appoint Steve Waight as a full-time deputy.

Mr Waight will be paid an annual salary of £45,000, his appointment subject to a confirmation hearing by the Police and Crime Panel on Thursday.

When I was elected I chose to get on and do the job before making any decisions about appointing a potential Deputy.

It is now ten weeks since the election and during that time there has been a lot of discussion nationally about Police & Crime Commissioners and new appointments to their teams.

“Sussex is a large area and there are many calls on my time. I am convinced the support of a Deputy is absolutely necessary to help ensure I can do the best job possible for residents during my time in office.

“I have inherited a small team (eight full time staff) previously employed by Sussex Police Authority who are doing a great job.

"Steve’s experience and links with the local community as former Chairman of the Police Authority and a local Councillor will be an invaluable addition to the team. He will play a vital role in supporting me in working with the police, partners and the public to ensure we are all safer in Sussex.”

– Commissioner Bourne

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