SOUTH Oxfordshire has a new top cop.

Supt Dave Horsburgh takes over from Supt Lis Knights as the commander for South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse policing area

He has most recently been the ‘crime manager’ for the area, responsible as detective chief inspector for detectives investigating crimes.

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Supt Horsburgh said: “I am extremely privileged to be taking up the role as LPA Commander. I have lived and worked on the area for many years and feel passionately about shaping the service we provide to the community.

“My aim will be to bring a clear focus on the LPA priorities such as our response to domestic abuse, violence against women and girls, knife crime, rural crime and county drug lines.”

Oxford Mail: Supt Dave Horsburgh Picture: TVPSupt Dave Horsburgh Picture: TVP

The officer of 29 years began his career as a response officer in Cowley before joining the burglary team then CID as a detective.

From CID he went to the force’s counter corruption unit, investigating bent coppers.

Promoted to detective chief inspector, he moved to Abingdon as ‘crime manager’ responsible for overseeing various teams in the south Oxfordshire area.

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The superintendent is no stranger to the pages of the Oxford Mail. In 2009, when still a detective sergeant, he was commended at a police awards ceremony together with two other officers for catching a theft gang by placing a tracker in a dummy laptop, which was then stolen from a car.

Oxford Mail: Det Sgt Dave Horsburgh, Det Con Robert Underhill, Pc Stephen Knight in 2009 Picture: OMDet Sgt Dave Horsburgh, Det Con Robert Underhill, Pc Stephen Knight in 2009 Picture: OM

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