South Division

Welcome to South Division, which covers Preston, South Ribble, Chorley and West Lancashire areas.

Please select the area where you live below to find out about what's going on in your area, details of your local policing team, including how you can contact them, and where your nearest police station is.

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Chief Superintendent Chris Bithell

Chief Superintendent Chris Bithell

I joined Lancashire Constabulary in 1988 and began my career on the beat in Burnley. I became a Sergeant in 1997 and stayed in the Burnley area for a further nine years, undertaking various operational roles as an Inspector and Chief Inspector before moving to the old Southern Division in 2007 as a Neighbourhood Policing Chief Inspector. Following this move I was promoted to Superintendent Operations Manager. I have been the Silver and Gold Commander for large scale EDL demonstrations as well as for the Olympic Torch Relay as it passed through Lancashire. In April 2013 I became the Divisional Commander of East Division covering Burnley, Pendle, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, Hyndburn and Blackburn with Darwen. I am a current accredited Public Order Gold and Silver Commander as well as a Strategic Firearms Commander. More recently, I have spent time doing national work looking at the impact of televised weekend football fixtures on policing across the Country. I am absolutely committed to making South division a place where people feel safe.

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