Direct from Devon and Cornwall police
Top London homicide detective David Zinzan is Devon and Cornwall’s new deputy chief of police
David joins the Force from the Metropolitan Police Service where he holds the rank of Police Commander for South East London with over 6,000 police officers under his command.
Chairman of the Police Authority, Mike Bull, said: “I am delighted to say that those of us on the panel were unanimous in our decision and have made what we are confident is an excellent appointment. David is a very strong and natural leader, and is very experienced. He also has great energy, focus, drive and strength to take and drive hard decisions. We are exceptionally fortunate with this appointment. It is a huge encouragement and support for Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer who is also absolutely delighted. David will strengthen the team a great deal and will be rigorous in his drive and energy directed to both improving performance and ensuring the delivery of projects.”
The temporary post of Deputy Chief Constable will be revisited following the election of the Police and Crime Commissioner in November this year as part of the review of the Chief Officers Group.
Temporary Deputy Chief Constable, David Zinzan, said: “I feel privileged to have been selected to fill the Deputy Chief Constable post for Devon & Cornwall Police. I look forward to working closely with the Chief Constable and the rest of the team in making Devon and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly the best rural, urban and coastal police service in the country.”
David has served all his career with the Metropolitan Police Service in London, mainly as a detective where he has worked in homicide, counter terrorism and serious and organised crime. For the past three years David has been the commander responsible for policing south east London. He is married to Sharon and has an 18 year-old son, Tom, who is currently studying A levels.
When not working David enjoys cycling, walking and kayaking.