Borough Commander's profile
Chief Superintendent Russell Nyman transferred to Lewisham as the Borough Commander in August 2012 having joined the Metropolitan Police Serive (MPS) from Kent Police.
Russell joined Kent Police in 1986 and spent several years as a uniformed patrol officer at Tunbridge Wells.
"My priorities are to reduce crime, detect crime and provide a first class service to the public."
Whilst there he transferred to the CID as a Detective Constable and in 1993 was promoted to a Sergeant. During his time in the Major Crime Department that covered the whole of Kent, he was involved in the investigation of over 40 major inquires, mainly murder investigations and was responsible for successfully bringing Kent Police’s first ever “cold case” review of a murder investigation.
In 2000 he was promoted to Inspector and took responsibility for the management of West Kent’s Intelligence Department, a post he held for five years before taking up the role of a Staff Officer to the Assistant Chief Constable for Area Policing.
In 2006 he was promoted to Chief Inspector and took up the role of Borough Commander at Tunbridge Wells, a post he held for three years, during which time Tunbridge Wells became the best performing Borough in terms of crime reduction and detection in Kent.
In 2009 Russell was promoted to Superintendent and appointed as the Head of Partnerships and Crime Reduction for Kent working at Maidstone Headquarters, where he led the force response for Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) inspections on anti social behaviour.
The following year he was appointed the Deputy Area Commander for Medway, identified as one of the most challenging policing areas in Kent.
The last position Russell held within Kent Police was as Head of Intelligence and Crime Management as a Detective Superintendent.
Chief Superintendent Russell Nyman, Lewisham Borough Commander: “To be appointed as Borough Commander for Lewisham is an honour and I want to work with community to make Lewisham a safer place to live, work and visit. My priorities are to reduce crime, detect crime and provide a first class service to the public."