Brighton and Hove’s former neighbourhood police chief has been promoted to a top job with the Metropolitan Police.
Assistant Chief Constable Laurence Taylor is leaving Sussex Police for the Met where he becomes Deputy Assistant Commissioner on Monday 2 July.
Mr Taylor will have only half a dozen officers with a more senior rank as he becomes the equivalent of a deputy chief constable – one of about 10 in the Met – and on course to become a chief constable.
Just 10 years ago he had barely started a new posting as a chief inspector in Brighton and Hove. He spent almost three years in the role.
He could often be found leading his officers in West Street and the surrounding area on Friday and Saturday nights, keeping the peace as thousands partied.
Mr Taylor said: “It is with great sadness that I leave Sussex Police after 22 years in the force, having spent the whole of my career here to date.
“While I am excited about my new role with the Metropolitan Police, and the challenges it will bring, I will miss greatly the wonderful people I have worked with both within Sussex Police and our partner organisations.
“It has been an absolute privilege to serve the communities of Sussex.
“While we have had some challenging times, I am immensely proud of all the officers and staff across Sussex and the dedication with which they work.
“I genuinely believe Sussex is an excellent police force and has given me some fantastic memories for which I will always be grateful.”
Chief Superintendent Nick May will return to Sussex to become Temporary Assistant Chief Constable.
Chief Constable Giles York said: “Laurence has had a significant impact on Sussex Police, bringing about positive change.
“His appointment reflects well on how Sussex Police develops and supports many talented people.
“I am also delighted to welcome Nick May back to the team again as Temporary Assistant Chief Constable so that we can continue our important work to transform policing in Sussex.”