New police commander takes charge in Walsall
3 September 2012
POLICE in Walsall have welcomed the arrival of a new commander following the appointment of Chief Superintendent David Sturman.
Chief Supt Sturman succeeds Chief Supt Kevin Bullas, who will be retiring from the force with 30 years service.
Chief Supt Dave Sturman will now be responsible for Walsall Local Policing Unit, which provides policing for the entire borough.
Originally from Stourbridge, Chief Supt Sturman has 25 years policing experience, the last 20 years with West Midlands Police.
He started his West Midlands police career in 1992 in Wolverhampton, and has worked in south and north Birmingham various headquarters postings, including five years in Force Operations Department, where he was responsible for the Force Firearms, Public Order, Dogs and other specialist uniform units.
And he is no stranger to Walsall, having previously served as Superintendent for three years, before moving back to headquarters in late 2010.
Chief Supt Dave Sturman said: "I am absolutely delighted to be returning to the borough and look forward to the opportunity to lead our officers and staff in serving the public of Walsall.
"I will bring experience, passion and enthusiasm into the role.
"Crime in the borough is currently down compared to levels last year and I intend to continue this hard work and drive down crime levels down even further.
"Working together with the local community we will continue to make Walsall a safe place to live, work and visit. "