Chief Inspector Matthew Bullivant started his role on Tuesday 1 January, taking over from Chief Inspector Robert Murray who has returned to Reading to lead a team as an Emergency Response Team Inspector.
Chief Inspector Matt Bullivant is returning to the South & Vale Police Area having left to fulfil other policing commitments in 2009. He joined Thames Valley Police in 1997 as a response officer in Oxford. He has worked in a number of roles, most notable in the fields of Detective, Sector Command, Force Incident Management and as a Tactical Firearms and Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNe) Commander on the Joint Operations Unit for Thames Valley & Hampshire Police. Chief Inspector Bullivant continues to support the JOU with Firearms and CBRNe Command cover.
For the last year Chief Inspector Bullivant has worked on the Effectiveness & Efficiency Programme at Thames Valley Police HQ, supporting the force to manage its financials while providing maximum value for money. Chief Inspector Bullivant also supports training delivery at the College of Policing.
On his new appointment, Chief Inspector Bullivant said: “I am really looking forward to returning to South & Vale in my new role as Deputy Commander. I will be doing all I can to support our officers, staff and volunteers to ensure our communities remain a safe place to live and work.
“I plan to build on existing relationships in the local community and form new ones to empower and inform residents about both the work of the police and what can be done locally to help prevent crime. I will also look to further improve the effectiveness of the deployment of officers to the crimes that most affect the many different communities of South & Vale.”