Local Police Area Commanders
Learn more about the structure and duties of Thames Valley Police’s Local Police Area Commanders (LPAs).
Superintendent Michael Loebenberg
LPA Commander – Aylesbury Vale
Supt Loebenberg initially joined the Metropolitan Police Service as a Police Constable in 2006. Over his career he has served in each rank, in roles including response and neighbourhood policing, crime investigation and custody services.
Supt Loebenberg joined Thames Valley Police as a Superintendent in 2017 and over the past two years has been leading the NPCC Digital Public Contact Programme, forging a nationwide collaboration which is transforming the online services offered for contact between the public and the police. He recently received an NPCC Chair’s Commendation for his work on the programme.
Superintendent Felicity Parker
LPA Commander – Bracknell and Wokingham
Superintendent Felicity Parker took over as LPA Commander for Bracknell and Wokingham in April 2019.
Felicity transferred from the Protecting Vulnerable People’s department and brings a wealth of experience including multiagency safeguarding, risk management for victims of domestic abuse and investigating serious crimes. She also led the Thames Valley Police response to modern slavery between 2017 and 2019.
With a master’s degree in Police Management and Leadership from Warwick Business School, she is committed to supporting the teams she leads to deliver a robust public service to protect local communities.
Superintendent Emma Garside
LPA Commander – Cherwell and West Oxfordshire
Superintendent Emma Garside joined Thames Valley Police in 1996 and has worked in a range of roles across response, neighbourhood and investigations functions.
As a Sergeant, she led on innovative work to create Thames Valley Police’s first multi-agency offender management team and as a Neighbourhood Inspector was commended for the work she led on police engagement with rural communities.
More recently, she was the Deputy Head of the force’s Criminal Justice Department, Deputy Commander at Cherwell & West Oxfordshire and also led on a strategic business change project with Surrey and Sussex.
Superintendent Amy Clements
LPA Commander – Chiltern and South Buckinghamshire
Superintendent Amy Clements joined Thames Valley Police in 2017 as part of the Direct Entry programme and has worked as a police officer in stations across Buckinghamshire.
Supt Clements previously worked as a senior lawyer in the Government Legal Service, where she specialised in Public Law litigation and criminal prosecutions. This included a fraud prosecution in 2012 which led to fishing companies in Spain and the UK being fined £1.6m.
She has also worked with the Legal Services Commission developing policy and strategy for civil legal aid.
Superintendent Marc Tarbit
LPA Commander – Milton Keynes
Superintendent Marc Tarbit joined Thames Valley Police in 1998. Marc has performed both uniform and detective roles in Oxford, where he most recently worked as the Deputy LPA Commander for the past three years. He also spent a number of years working in Force Intelligence, leading on improving the police response to tackling organised crime and the collaboration between TVP and the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit.
During his career, Marc gained a Masters Degree from Cambridge University in Criminology and Police Leadership, strengthening his interest in evidence-based policing. He brought a wealth of experience in leadership, neighbourhood policing and tackling organised crime with him to Milton Keynes on his appointment as LPA Commander in December 2019.
Superintendent Joe Kidman
LPA Commander – Oxford
Superintendent Joe Kidman joined Thames Valley Police in 1994, having come to the area as a student at Oxford University. He started as a Patrol Officer in Reading before returning to Oxford where he served as the Community Beat Sergeant for Blackbird Leys, Rosehill and Littlemore, as well as a Patrol and Custody Sergeant.
After detective and uniform roles across the Thames Valley, as a Detective Chief Inspector Joe was appointed Senior Investigating Officer for Major Crime, based in Oxfordshire. Here, he led murder investigations as well as the Operation Bullfinch investigation into Child Sexual Exploitation in Oxford. On promotion to Detective Superintendent, he led the force’s Protecting Vulnerable People Department.
Superintendent Nick John
LPA Commander – Reading
Superintendent Nicholas John has been appointed as the new Commander for the Reading Local Policing Area (LPA).
Supt John initially joined the Metropolitan Police Service as a Police Constable in 1998. During his time in the Met he served as a constable and sergeant in a range of roles from response, neighbourhood policing, custody services and CID, including reactive and proactive posts.
In 2006, Supt John moved to Wiltshire Constabulary, where he served in a number of operational and detective roles in each rank up to and including the rank of Superintendent in December 2012. As a Superintendent, he held the role of Head of Force CID and Local Policing Commander for Wiltshire.
In 2015, Supt John moved to Thames Valley, where he was appointed Head of Serious and Organised Crime, before moving to be the Head of Protecting Vulnerable People.
Most recently, Supt John has been the Local Policing Commander for West Berkshire, a challenging but very enjoyable role, leading the policing response across a significant area.
Superintendent Gavin Wong
LPA Commander – Slough
Superintendent Gavin Wong is returning as the new LPA Commander for the Slough Local Policing Area (LPA), having completed a two-year secondment as Head of Local Policing and Resilience for Thames Valley Police.
Superintendent Gavin Wong started his policing career at Slough in 1994, and having spent over half of his service in the area, is very much looking forward to his return. While on secondment, he was also responsible for the tactical policing response during the Royal Ascot Week, which reflects his operational background.
Superintendent Lis Knight
LPA Commander – South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse
Superintendent Lis Knight joined Thames Valley Police in 2003, after starting her career as a police officer in the West Midlands.
Having worked within the fields of Domestic Abuse, Intelligence, and Neighbourhood policing, Supt Knight then became a Detective Chief Inspector for the force’s Criminal Investigation Department within Oxfordshire.
Most recently, Supt Knight was the Business lead for a force wide project, which has seen the delivery of localised investigation teams in each LPA.
Having undertaken a Master’s degree in Police Management and Leadership, Supt Knight is a firm believer in Evidence Based Practice, combining academic rigour and analysis with the experience and practicalities of policing.
Supt Knight is also the Chair of the Thames Valley Women’s Network, and is passionate about supporting and helping women develop throughout their careers.
Superintendent Lindsey Finch
LPA Commander – West Berkshire
Supt Finch has been with Thames Valley Police for 28 years and during that time has worked at different ranks in Wycombe, Slough, Reading and Wokingham.
She has spent most of her career in Local Policing, either in emergency response or neighbourhood roles. She was the first LPA Commander for Wokingham LPA on its creation and split from Reading and also spent several years as one of the hostage negotiators for the force.
Supt Finch spent 4 years as a trainer at the Thames Valley Police training centre in Sulhamstead, training police officers and staff from initial recruits through to Senior Officers and was also responsible for delivering training to the force on new systems.
Temporary Superintendent Mick Greenwood
LPA Commander – Windsor and Maidenhead
Superintendent Emma Burroughs
LPA Commander – Wycombe
Superintendent Burroughs joined Thames Valley Police in 1996, starting out as a PC in High Wycombe and was then promoted to Sergeant in the area.
Since then, she worked her way through the ranks in a range of roles across response, neighbourhood and investigation teams. In 2016 she became the Deputy LPA Commander for Reading and following that, spent 18 months within the Force Intelligence and Specialist Operations team. She then returned to Wycombe as the LPA Commander in 2020.