A former senior police chief has taken charge of an advice bureau.

Tony Rogers, 66, has been appointed as the new chairman of Bridport and District Citizens Advice.

Mr Rogers, born in Weymouth, served for 25 years with Dorset Police, including a spell covering Bridport, rising to the rank of chief superintendent.

He moved on to become assistant chief constable for South Wales Police, where he was responsible for specialist crime.

He succeeds Dr. Bryan Brown as chairman.

“It is my aim to ensure that Citizens Advice at Bridport is best positioned to continue to offer a much-needed and valued service, as it has for so many years,” said Mr Rogers.

“I feel privileged to work with so many talented, experienced and enthusiastic people who give up their time and share their life’s experiences and skills to ensure Bridport Citizens Advice remains at the forefront of giving independent free advice to those that need help.”

Since retiring from the force, Mr Rogers has advised on a number of high-profile investigations.

He was commended for his role as a homicide consultant to Cambridgeshire police for the Soham murders in 2002, and his work has taken him to Northern Ireland, Jamaica and New Zealand.

In addition, he has spoken at

international conferences on crime.

He was a non-executive director on the Dorset and Somerset Strategic Area Health Authority for more than six years, with positions on the audit and corporate governance and remuneration committees.

Mr Rogers works actively in the local community, having taken on roles including school governor, manager of a boys’ soccer team and member of the Round Table.

Citizens Advice on South Street, Bridport, is open every weekday from 10am to 3pm.

Anyone is welcome to attend, even if they do not have an appointment, and advice is free, confidential and impartial.

In Lyme Regis, advice is available every Wednesday from 10am to 3pm at the St Michael’s Business Centre. Sessions will also take place on Mondays between 10am and midday at the medical centre, Uplyme Road, until December. A weekly session takes place on Thursdays in Beaminster at the Yarn Barton Community Centre from 12.30pm to 3pm.