TIM DREW: New District Commander appointed for district

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Neighbourhood Watch is pleased to welcome the recent appointment of Chief Inspector Miles Ockwell as the new District Commander for Horsham and Worthing district.

He replaces Chief Inspector Howard Hodges, who is taking up a new role as Operations Support Chief Inspector within Operations Command.

Speaking about his new role Chief Inspector Ockwell said: “It is a very exciting opportunity for me as, being a career detective, it is the first time that I will be in an operational uniform role since walking the beat during my probation in Soho, Central London.

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“I know the district very well as I live locally and worked as a Detective Chief Inspector in West Sussex a few years ago.

“I would like to build on the strong partnerships that are already in place and also our engagement with local people; making sure that by developing a strong relationship, we can gather the information we need to deal with criminality within our community,”

Superintendent James Collis said: “Miles will be bringing a wealth of experience to the district and the community alike.

“We are all looking forward to his arrival and focusing on building on the strong foundations that Howard Hodges has laid down.”

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Chief Inspector Ockwell joined the Metropolitan Police in 2002 and was working in New Scotland Yard as a Detective Sergeant before transferring to the Serious Organised Crime Unit at Sussex Police in 2009.

He later became Detective Chief Inspector where he managed the operational public protection investigation teams in West Sussex, including the missing persons team.

Now that spring has arrived, it is time to advertise this year’s Neighbourhood Watch and Crime Awareness events, all of which are due to take place in Montague Place – the first being on Saturday, April 8, between 10am and 4pm. As usual, we plan to offer bike marking services, and any help from members would be much appreciated!


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