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.
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.