|Meet Merton's New Police Boss|
Police chief is also charity fund-raiser
Merton has a new police boss - Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Williams, the former deputy borough commander of Bexley borough.
Mr Williams (left), who will be based as Borough Commander at Wimbledon police station, has been with the Met for 24 years, having previously served in the Army.
As well as his police work, he is involved in a lot of charity work raising money for the families of servicemen who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
He arranges an annual indoor fitness challenge between the Parachute Regiment and the police, takes part in the London to Paris Cycle ride and later this year will step into the ring against two-times World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Tim Witherspoon in a charity boxing match.
In the police, he was a Detective Superintendent for four years. Before that he had roles leading the Pan-London Crime Squad and as Public Protection/Hate Crime lead for the Met.
As a Detective Chief Inspector he worked within Covert Policing, Serious Crime Department and was the Crime manager at Southwark Borough for two years.
The first part of his career up to the rank of Sergeant was spent in uniform, including six years with the Territorial Support Group, across London and as a Public Order Shield Training Instructor.
He said: "I am extremely proud to take over as the Merton Borough Commander. I've have the privilege of working with and leading a variety of teams across the MPS and I am looking forward to leading Merton Borough.
"It is really important to me that the public see us as "their" police, and I will be taking every opportunity I can to meet with and chat with local people to find out how we are getting on, what we do well and what we could do better".
Former Merton Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Dick Wolfenden, is taking on a key central project role elsewhere in the Met.