West Sussex Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Martin Walker has announced his retirement from Sussex Police after 30 years service.
Chief Superintendent Martin Walker has been Divisional Commander in West Sussex for the past six years.
On announcing his retirement, Martin said: “It has been an honour to serve the people of West Sussex alongside so many professional and dedicated police officers and staff, partners and volunteers who together bring peace and justice to our communities. Whilst policing looks very different from when I first joined, the core principles of protecting the public and catching criminals remain at the heart policing. I will continue to deliver these principles until the day I retire.”
Amongst his achievements, Martin chaired the West Sussex Think Family Partnership Board supporting hundreds of families in need across West Sussex; set up a multi-agency approach to help reduce missing children at risk of child sexual exploration; and partnered with local churches to deliver projects reducing crime and supporting the vulnerable.
Chief Superintendent Steve Whitton who is currently the Temporary Divisional Commander for Brighton and Hove, will be taking over the role of West Sussex Divisional Commander in March following Martin’s retirement.
Martin said: “Steve is a highly experienced and capable police commander. Having worked on West Sussex in a number of roles during his service, Steve is well placed to lead the policing service in the county for the next few years. I wish him every success.”
Son of village policeman Bob Walker, Martin spent some of his childhood growing up in Buxted village police station before moving to Burgess Hill. “I remember a police sign outside our home, the front room a police office and police motorcycle parked on the front drive.” Martin recalls.
Martin joined the Metropolitan Police back in 1985 where he served in the Brixton and Poll Tax riots and the Clapham rail disaster, moving back to Sussex as the Section Inspector for Steyning. Martin was then promoted through the ranks serving as the District Commander for Adur and head of the force’s Tactical Firearms Unit.