Police chief to retire

Besi Besemar November 14, 2012

Chief Superintendent Graham Bartlett

Chief Superintendent Graham Bartlett, divisional commander of Brighton and Hove will be retiring from Sussex Police in March next year.

In a statement he said:

“I have taken the decision to retire from the police service on March 31 2013. By that time I will have had the great privilege of holding the office of constable for 30 years.

“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.

“I have no immediate plans for the future, these will come. However, of what I am certain is that there will always be much to do in terms of improving safety, reducing inequality and promoting a healthier society.

“I know that those with whom I have had the pleasure of working will continue to strive for those outcomes for the benefit of all.

“I will, of course, be around for sometime yet and it will very much be business as usual until the day I leave. Whilst I know we will have the time to say our farewells, I would like to thank you all for your support, friendship and counsel over the years.”

Commander Bartlett is seen as a moderniser and a champion of equality issues within the police service.