New Man Will Lead Hastings Police

Chief Inspector Steve Curry is new district commander for Hastings and Rother

Chief Inspector Steve Curry has succeeded Chief Inspector Rosie Ross as Sussex Police District Commander for Hastings and Rother.

Steve, 50, married with two children, paid tribute to Rosie’s tenure in charge of the easternmost part of East Sussex.

She has moved to fulfil a similar role in Crawley and Mid-Sussex, and Steve said: “I shall be looking to build on the good work she did while here.

“I am very keen to tackle the threat and risk posed by organised criminality associated with drugs supply in Hastings and Rother – in particular class A drugs such as heroin and cocaine.

“We need to work with partners to reduce the impact on vulnerable members of the street community and prevent the anti-social behaviour associated with substance misuse on the wider community.

Steve added: “We will continue to be relentless in the pursuit of those criminals who present the greatest risk to community safety whilst also protecting those who are most vulnerable.”

He praised the team spirit he has found among officers and staff within Hastings and Rother, saying he had been “massively impressed” by their “dedication and real willingness to deliver”.

Steve began his police career in 1993 as a beat constable in Moulsecomb, Brighton, and then became the community beat officer for St James’s Street and Queens Park. Promotion to Sergeant followed in 2000, and two years later he was appointed as Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for East Brighton.

In 2008, he was promoted to Chief Inspector and spent four years at Crawley as District Commander before moving to the Corporate Development Department at Police HQ, Lewes as Head of Force Performance. He spent much of the last two years as Temporary Superintendent heading up Corporate Development Department.

Of his latest move to Hastings and Rother, he said; “It’s a great privilege to lead Hastings and Rother District at a time of real change and I look forward to getting to know people across the whole community.”

Rye’s Own Bulletin Monday 13 March 2017