Chief inspector Darran Hill has been appointed as the new Deputy Commander for Reading Local Policing Area (LPA).

Ch insp Hill started his new role on Tuesday January 1, taking over from Emma Burroughs, who transferred to Force Intelligence and Specialist Operations on the same day following her promotion to superintendent.

Joining the LPA from the Serious and Organised Crime unit, ch insp Hill brings more than 24 years’ experience spanning major crime and counter terrorism.

He has been working for Thames Valley Police since 2009 and previously served in the Metropolitan and Devon and Cornwall police forces.

In his new role ch insp Hill plans to focus on service delivery through collaborative partnership working and building on existing relationships within the community.

On his new appointment, he said: “I am really excited to become the deputy commander for Reading. We have an incredibly dedicated and talented team and it is a privilege to be given the opportunity to support them in their commitment to keeping the town safe.

“My priorities are to support and develop our officers, staff and volunteers to ensure we continue to provide the best possible service for our neighbourhoods. I will also be focussing our work on effective partnerships, intervention and investigation to help protect the most vulnerable and target those who cause harm within our communities.”