Inspector Darren Oakey

A new face is set to take charge of policing in Lichfield and Burntwood over the coming months.

Inspector Darren Oakey has taken over as Lichfield Local Policing Team (LPT) Commander from Inspector Jed White, who is taking on a new temporary position in the force’s Licensing Unit.

Inspector Darren Oakey

Insp Oakey joined Staffordshire Police in 1990 and has experience in numerous front-line and specialist roles including response policing, CID, major investigations, public protection, traffic, firearms, neighbourhood policing and counter-terrorism work in local communities.

The 42-year-old, who lives with his civil partner and their two Springer Spaniels in Tamworth, said: “I’m really looking forward to getting to know local residents and partner organisations across Lichfield, Burntwood and surrounding areas.

“It will be great to build on the good relationships that exist across the LPT as we continue to reduce crime and keep local communities safe.”

Inspector White took over as LPT commander at Lichfield at the start of 2010.

He said: “For the past two and a half years I have enjoyed my role immensely. Crime – including violence – has dropped each year which has been achieved through close work on numerous projects with partners locally.

“I’m really excited to be asked to take on a new position to look at how we can continue to reduce violence across the county through licensing enforcement. It’s a temporary post but I’m sure Darren will do a first-class job while I’m away.”

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