South Staffordshire has a new leader for its local neighbourhood policing team.
Chief Inspector Mark Ward will start his new role heading up the team based at Watling Street from May 1.
The 45-year-old father of one, will be responsible for the policing area which covers Wombourne, Kinver, Codsall, Penkridge, Pattingham, Perton, Essington and Huntington.
Mark came to Staffordshire last year after serving 21 years with West Midlands Police. He began his career as a constable in Wolverhampton, where he worked as a response officer, and also in proactive, community safety and intelligence roles.
He moved to Birmingham as an Inspector in 2009, where he was a neighbourhood Inspector for Erdington and Sutton Coldfield.
In February 2017 Mark transferred forces and became Deputy Commander at Cannock before taking up his new post at South Staffordshire.
Mark said: “I’m really looking forward to getting to know the local communities and area and build upon the excellent work already in place. I would encourage people to tell us what makes a difference to them and share any intelligence and information they may have.
“The force is going through a number of changes to improve the way we police Staffordshire and I’m hoping to use my experience to help ensure the change programme is effective as possible.”
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