Dean Holden

New Police Chief joins Eastern Division in Blackburn

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A NEW police chief has been appointed to oversee criminal investigations in Lancashire Constabulary’s Eastern Division.

Detective Chief Inspector Dean Holden, 38, has taken over the role following the departure of DCI Martin Kay and will take charge of CID, Public Protection and Intelligence within Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley.

The married father of two, who lives in Blackburn, joined the Constabulary in 1994 where he worked as a response officer in Nelson before moving to the Operations Support Unit at Burnley and then CID. He was then seconded to the Counter Terrorism branch and worked on the National Crime Squad before returning to Burnley as a Detective Sergeant and then a Detective Inspector.

On promotion to Chief Inspector, he worked in the Constabulary’s Southern Division covering Chorley, South Ribble and West Lancashire before joining Eastern Division as DCI in July 2011.

DCI Holden has headed some major investigations during his career and was the Senior Detective in charge of the investigation into the murder of Bacup student Sophie Lancaster in 2007.

He has received a number of commendations over the years including a Chief Superintendent’s Commendation in 2002 for tackling a knifeman in Colne who was subsequently sent to prison.

DCI Holden said: “I have lived in Blackburn all my life and know the area very well. I am delighted to have returned to my roots.

“I am looking forward to further reducing crime and protecting people living in Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley particularly those who are vulnerable.”

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