I am 65, and was born just over the border, in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. I joined the Kent County Constabulary in Oct 1966, and in 1969 I transferred to the Metropolitan Police. After about seven years on Divisional duties I transferred to Traffic Division, where I stayed for another 7 years.
I was promoted to Sergeant in 1981, and spent 16 months on Divisional duties on the southern borders of Greater London before returning to Traffic to make better use of the skills I had acquired. I served in West and Southwest London, and then back to the southern border, where I stayed until I retired.
I retired from the Metropolitan Police in October 1996, and the next day I started my own business as an executive chauffeur.
I moved to Burgess Hill, Sussex in May 1995, in anticipation of retirement, and I have lived here ever since.
For my last five years the job of the Traffic Sergeants was expanded to take in supervision of fatal collision investigations. This meant liaising with the families of the deceased, keeping them informed of the progress of the investigation and inquest, and any subsequent prosecution. This was without doubt the most demanding part of my job. Almost invariably, the deceased was the son or daughter, and I was talking on a regular basis with the grieving parents. The memories I have still cause me great sadness, even after twenty years.
In April 2001, after started as a part-time Taxi Licensing Officer for Worthing Borough Council. The post became full-time in April 2004, and I gave up my chauffeuring business to take on the full time job of Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Officer. I resigned at the end of September 2012, in order to be allowed to stand in this election.
Since 2009, I have gained an award from the Open University, (Cert Comp and Maths), and an award from Warwick University, (Cert HE(LL)), (Licensing Law). This is the highest qualification short of a degree for Licensing Officers, and I am privileged to be one of a select group of less than 300 people who hold the award. Both awards were gained over two years part-time distance learning, with an overlap of one year – never again!!! I was Chairman of the pan-Sussex Taxi Licensing Officers Group, from its inception until I resigned last month, in order to be able to stand as Police and Crime Commissioner.
I was delighted when UKIP decided to put candidates in certain seats including Sussex. I joined UKIP because their policies are much the same as I was thinking to myself. Their policies are sensible and fair, and UKIP is known as the Common Sense Party for good reasons. I applied to become the official candidate and I am very happy to accept the nomination. I shall be able to use both my Police experience and Local Government experience in the new post, but as I have had little contact with Sussex Police other than through my official duties. I will be able to treat all sides with impartiality and equal fairness. In other words, I do not owe anyone any favours.