A NOT-SO-NEW face has taken over as the police area commander for Cherwell and West Oxfordshire.
Former West Oxfordshire inspector, now Superintendent, Mark Johns, pictured right, has returned to the area as its Commander.
Mark has 22 years’ service in the police and transferred to the Thames Valley force in 2006.
He started his career with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary in 1995 and quickly rose through the ranks.
He has also worked in force CID where he led on complex and serious crime investigations, and was promoted to the rank of Superintendent in 2015.
He was then made head of people services and learning and professional development.
Superintendent Mark Johns said: “I’m very pleased to be returning to the area, now as LPA Commander.
“In my first few days in the job, I’ve been delighted to find colleagues who I had worked with previously, still here with that same commitment we all share to deliver a high-quality police service, to keep people safe and to bring offenders to justice.
“It’s been said before, but the strength of the police is reflected in the strength of its communities and to that end, I am keen to build on the strong neighbourhood policing model that has served our area so well.”
Previous commander Superintendent Kath Lowe has taken on Superintendent Johns’ former role of head of people services and learning and professional development, after five-and-a-half years in the area.
Chief Inspector Emma Garside is the area’s deputy commander – she started in the role in January.