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Introduction to Chief Constable Jo Shiner

We are delighted to welcome Chief Constable Jo Shiner to her new post within Sussex Police and we thank her predecessor, Giles York, for all his hard work whilst in post.

CC Shiner is the first female Chief Constable in the history of Sussex Police.

Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce has arranged an online meeting for Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, to introduce CC Shiner to members of Eastbourne Chamber, Eastbourne Hospitality Association and Your Eastbourne BID.

The meeting, held via Zoom, will include an introduction to the Chief Constable and a discussion on crime within Eastbourne.

All members of Eastbourne Chamber, the EHA and Your Eastbourne BID are invited to attend on Wednesday 14th October 3-4pm.

To reserve your space and to receive a link to the meeting, please email

Chief Constable Jo Shiner

Jo joined Sussex Police in 2018 as Deputy Chief Constable and became the force’s ninth Chief Constable in July 2020. She is the first female Chief Constable in the history of Sussex Police.

Jo’s career in the police spans nearly 28 years, during which time she has undertaken a wide variety of roles. These have predominantly been operational, both in uniform and within Child and Adult Protection Units, CID and as Firearms, Public Order and Critical Incident Commander.

Jo is the national NPCC lead for Children and Young People and sits as a Trustee for the charity Embrace (Child Victims of Crime). She is a keen advocate for fitness, regularly signing up for events including marathons and long bike rides to fund raise for various charities, including The Beachy Head Chaplains who save hundreds of lives every year. She also volunteers at ground level for a couple of local charities.

Jo is married to Andrew and is also the proud owner of a very exuberant, and much loved rescued Mountain dog, whom she adores.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne

Katy Bourne was raised and schooled in Sussex before graduating from Aberystwyth University. She still lives in mid-Sussex, is married to Kevin and has two adult sons. She was a successful business woman before entering politics and retains a keen interest in innovative business start-ups especially green technologies.

Katy is in her second term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex. She was first elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016, when she more than doubled her majority.

The PCC’s role is to hold the Chief Constable of Sussex Police to account for the performance of the force, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.

Katy is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. This includes setting the police budget and local police precept – the amount residents pay for policing in their council tax.

She also has a statutory duty to commission support services for victims of crime, including restorative justice and to deliver community safety initiatives and crime reduction grants.

Katy brings a genuine passion and commitment to make a difference and her work to support victims of crime has won her praise from successive Home Secretaries and Prime Ministers. Katy was also nationally recognised for founding the award-winning Sussex Youth Commission in 2013 and the Sussex Elders’ Commission in 2015.

Katy is a former Director of the Board of the College of Policing and former advisor to the editorial board of the Guardian Public Leaders Network. She is currently Chair of the Sussex Criminal Justice Board; Chair and National Spokesperson of the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners Digital Policing & Technology Portfolio; and former Chair and a non-Exec Director of the national Police ICT Company.

In June 2019 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, and in July 2019 she was elected Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.

To attend the Zoom meeting on Wednesday 14th October, please email and you will be sent the link.