Dudley police commander retiring after 30 years with West Midlands Police

By James Vukmirovic | Dudley | Crime | Published:

One of the Black Country's most senior and experienced police officers is retiring after 30 years of service with West Midlands Police.

Dudley police commander Sally Bourner is retiring after 30 years

Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner is retiring after a career which has seen her rise from beat bobby to commander of Dudley Police.

Ch Spt Bourner joined West Midlands Police as a 22-year-old in 1990 after graduating with a degree in French from the University of Birmingham.

She started her career as a beat bobby working from Steelhouse Lane in Birmingham, before becoming involved in tackling serious and organised crime and leading covert policing teams.

Pictured while a local authority liaison officer in 2000

As well as tackling criminals she has played a key role liaising with local community leaders, MPs, councillors and residents to keep people safe across the region.

She became a well-respected community presence through her neighbourhood policing roles from Birmingham to Wolverhampton, Solihull and most recently Dudley.

Ch Spt Bourner said: "Policing for me has been a real privilege.

Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner in front of Dudley Castle. Photo: West Midlands Police


"I have enjoyed meeting so many people and being in a position to help and make a difference to the lives of others.

"There’s no better feeling and I would recommend a career in policing to anyone. I would do it all over again in the blink of an eye.

"Helping people has been my core purpose and that still remains as I prepare to start new adventures.

Greeting Tony Blair in Brierley Hill in 2018


"After I have had a bit of a rest, I would like to spend some of my time volunteering for charities that help people in need."

"I’m also looking to brushing up on my French and learn to play the piano that has been gathering dust in the dining room at home.

"Retirement will also allow more time with family and friends and include adventures in our vintage VW campervan affectionately known as Betty!"

James Vukmirovic

By James Vukmirovic
Community Reporter - @jamesvukmirovic

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, helping under-represented communities to find a voice in Wolverhampton. Contact me at

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