The new police commander for East Devon and Exeter is returning to the patch where he started his career nearly 23 years ago.
Chief Superintendent Dan Evans, who will be based in the city, says he is pleased to ‘come back to the place where it all began’.
His remit also includes North Devon and West Devon.
Chf Supt Evans says the ‘ongoing health and wellbeing’ of the officers striving to keep communities safe will be a priority.
He has worked in a variety of roles and has previously headed the force’s specialist operations, operations and contingency planning, and criminal justice and custody teams.
Chf Supt Evans, who also has a background in public order and firearms command, said: “My first few years of policing were in Exeter so I have an emotional connection to the BCU [Basic Command Unit].
“I’m so pleased to come back to the place where it all began.
“I know that the officers, staff, volunteers and partners that we work with are dedicated to keeping our communities safe, I’ m looking forward to being a part of that and leading the professional and dedicated teams that work in NEW Devon BCU.
“I’m very aware that it’s been a busy summer, both in terms of some of the operational challenges faced by the BCU and also with the added pressure the Covid pandemic has brought.
“The ongoing health and wellbeing of our teams is going to be a priority for me, ensuring they are physically and emotionally well and have the right tools available to them to do their jobs to the best of their abilities”
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