Crawley police gets new district commander

Chief Inspector Dave Padwick
Chief Inspector Dave Padwick

Sussex Police’s West Sussex Division has a new district commander for Crawley.

Chief Inspector David Padwick took up his new position on August 31 following Chief Inspector Justina Beeken’s change of role within Sussex Police on to the Local Policing Programme Team.

Chief Inspector Padwick said: “I have worked for the past 18 months at Brighton and Hove leading the response and investigations teams for the city and was really keen to use my skills and experience in a district commander role. When the Crawley District Commander’s job was advertised, and after visiting the town and speaking to the neighbourhood policing team I believed I could make a difference and build on the work Chief Inspector Beeken has delivered over the last three years. I have never previously worked on West Sussex Division and I am excited by this new challenge”

Chief Inspector Padwick added: “I am looking forward to working closely with Crawley Council, partner organisations and the local community to make Crawley an even safer place to live. I have been really impressed with the partnership working that is already in place and hope to strengthen this. Along with the Crawley Neighbourhood Policing team, I will be working hard to further reduce crime and disorder and improve trust and confidence in local policing across the district.

“I will also be continuing our work with local communities in the town, to support the national Prevent strategy which aims to stop people becoming terrorists or extremists, or supporting terrorism or extremism.

“The week of September 7 is national Prevent Awareness, Everyone has a role to play in defeating terrorism. Communities and police can work together to develop resilience to extremist influences which support terrorism, be alert to any groups which target them or use their community spaces for propaganda activities and be vigilant against any people who raise funds for illegal activities.”

Asked why he chose a career in policing, he said: “I have always wanted to be a police officer, my grandfather served in Portsmouth City Police for 33 years so I guess it’s in my blood.”

Superintendent for Neighbourhood Policing on West Sussex Jane Derrick said: “David will be bringing a number of skills and experiences that will be of real benefit to the West Sussex Division and the community alike.”

David started his career in the Metropolitan Police in 1988, where he worked in Whitechapel, Islington and Finchley until 1997.

He transferred to Sussex on promotion to Sergeant and worked in Newhaven, Lewes NPT, and in Eastbourne. On promotion to Inspector, David worked again in Lewes NPT, Force Command and Control Room, Operations Department, Gatwick Airport and finally Brighton and Hove as temporary chief inspector before starting his new role as District Commander for Crawley.

David is married with two teenage children. He enjoys road cycling, walking his labrador and is a big fan of live music.

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