Worthing welcomes new district commander

Chief Inspector Miles Ockwell
Chief Inspector Miles Ockwell
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A new district commander has been appointed for the Horsham and Worthing district.

Chief Inspector Miles Ockwell has taken over the role from Howard Hodges, who has moved to a new position as operations support chief inspector within Operations Command.

The father of two joined the force in 2002, working as a detective sergeant in New Scotland Yard before moving 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, which included the Missing Persons Team.

Mr Ockwell started the new job on Monday (March 6) and said he wanted to build on ‘strong partnerships’ in the community to help combat crime.

He 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 in my probation in Soho, Central London.

“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,”

A keen football fan, Mr Ockwell is a loyal supporter of Charlton Athletic, something he concedes to be very ‘character building’.

He is also a keen runner having recently achieved a personal best in the Worthing Half Marathon.

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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