Former detective is new top uniform cop

A detective is the new top policeman in Horsham and Worthing District.

Chief Inspector Miles Ockwell, new District Commander, finds himself in uniform for the first time since he trained as a beat” bobby “, before becoming a career detective.

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 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.”

On the challenges that Miles wishes to focus on initially, he said: “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,”

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

Superintendent James Collis, of Sussex Police, 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.”

Miles 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, amongst other responsibilities, he managed the operational Public Protection investigation teams in West Sussex, which included the Missing Persons Team.

A keen football fan, Miles is a loyal supporter of Charlton Athletic, something he concedes to be very character building, and is also a keen runner having recently achieved a personal best time in the Worthing Half Marathon. Much of his spare time is taken up being a dad to his two young children.

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