The new police chief for Lichfield and Burntwood says he is keen to ensure officers are a visible presence in local communities.
Chief Inspector Mark Smith will take over as head of the local policing area tomorrow (May 1).
The move will see him take responsibility for the city, along with Fazeley, Whittington, Burntwood, Chasetown, Shenstone, Stonnall and Little Aston.
The 44-year-old father of two has served with Staffordshire Police since 1993, holding roles as a response and neighbourhood officer in Tamworth.He later became the force’s lead tactical firearms commander.
Mark said: “It is my privilege to lead local policing services for the communities of Lichfield and the surrounding areas. I am absolutely delighted to have the chance to return to head up neighbourhood policing which is the bedrock of policing.
“I come from a policing family and all I ever wanted to do throughout school was to be a police officer and I would not change that.
“I want to make sure that my officers are visible amongst our communities, understand their needs and ensure that we bring those who choose to commit crime in the area to justice.”