Hastings and Rother has a new district commander who vowed to tackle organised crime and relentlessly pursue criminals threatening community safety.
Chief Inspector Steve Curry, who succeeds Chief Inspector Rosie Ross, said he was ‘very keen’ to target A class drug supply in the area.
The 50-year-old married father-of-two paid tribute to Rosie’s tenure, who has moved to a similar role in Crawley and Mid Sussex.
“I shall be looking to build on the good work she did while here,” he said.
“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.”
Ch Insp Curry 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.
“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 said.
In 2008, Steve was promoted to chief inspector and spent four years at Crawley as district commander before moving to the corporate development department at police HQ in Lewes as head of force performance.
He spent much of the last two years as temporary superintendent heading up the department.
Ch Insp Curry 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’.
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.”
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