An exemplary police officer has been appointed as the new Deputy Chief Constable of Sussex Police.
Bernie O'Reilly, 46, is moving south from Staffordshire where he has served since becoming a police officer in 1989, most recently as Assistant Chief Constable. He has wide-ranging experience in operational policing, including divisional command, major crime investigation and strategic firearms, along with heading Staffordshire's diversity unit and leading on the development and training of officers and staff.
Arriving at Sussex today (June 20), Bernie said, "I feel very privileged and excited about my new role in a force that has a fantastic national reputation. There are clear priorities to protect the most vulnerable in society, prevent crime, catch criminals, be there when people need us and serve ethically and I'm looking forward to making a significant contribution to those aims.
"Having spent a few days with Sussex Police already, I have been impressed by the attitude and dedication of the staff and officers. I look forward to meeting more colleagues, residents, businesses and partners as I get out and about in the coming weeks and months."
As divisional commander for the north of Staffordshire he was responsible for the policing of Stoke City and Port Vale football clubs, but insists that Brighton and Hove Albion's recent signing of Stoke's Steve Sidwell recently is pure coincidence.
Chief Constable Giles York said, "I’m really pleased to welcome Bernie as DCC. He comes with a great reputation, is passionate about policing, has a wealth of operational experience, and will bring fresh eyes to the force.
"I’d also like thank Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Robin Smith, who has given everything in the last thirty-plus years to his fellow officers, staff and members of the public. He will be taking up the same role in Surrey Police for a period.”
Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, said, "On behalf of our partners and local residents, I too would like to welcome Bernie to Sussex as our newly-appointed Deputy Chief Constable. His previous knowledge of diverse communities and clear commitment to successful partnership working will be a great asset for Sussex Police. I am really looking forward to working with him for the future benefit of everyone in Sussex.”