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Chief Officer Team

Craig Guildford

Chief Constable

Chief Constable Craig Guildford

Craig Guildford’s policing career began when he joined Cheshire Constabulary as a Police Constable in 1994 after completing a Geography degree at the University of Derby. He had previously served as a volunteer Special Constable with the same Force since 1992.

After 18 months service as a Police Constable, he went into the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and worked in a number of proactive crime units across the Constabulary. In 2000, he was seconded to the National Crime Squad in Manchester where he worked in intelligence and targeted operations as a Detective Sergeant.

On returning to Cheshire Constabulary, Craig gained a place on the High Potential Development Scheme, working in various operational and crime roles in the four commands including force reviews, Superintendent for Operations, Centralised Custody, PFI Programme Manager and BCU Superintendent Operations.

As Superintendent for Citizen Focus at Cheshire Police, he implemented customer service desks across the Force which saw Cheshire rise from 43rd to first for overall satisfaction in less than two years.

Craig was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable (Specialist Operations) with West Yorkshire Police in October 2012 before joining Gwent Police as Deputy Chief Constable (DCC) in April 2014.

Craig joined Nottinghamshire Police as Chief Constable in February 2017 and, since joining the Force, has moved to live in the county he serves with his family.

Craig remains a specialist firearms commander, is personal safety trained and will retain his national policing responsibilities for complaints and misconduct while serving as Chief Constable with Nottinghamshire Police.


Rachel Barber

Deputy Chief Constable

Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Barber

Rachel Barber has been appointed Nottinghamshire Police’s new Deputy Chief

Rachel joins Nottinghamshire Police from South Yorkshire Police, where she has
worked since 1988.

A more comprehensive profile of the Force's new Assistant Chief Constable will be online in due course.


Steve Cooper

Assistant Chief Constable

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper was appointed as Nottinghamshire Police's new Assistant Chief Constable in April 2017.

Steve joined Nottinghamshire Police from the Metropolitan Police in 2001. Acquiring a wealth of experience in various roles, he led policing in the City until 2015 when he took on operational responsibility for collaboration.

A more comprehensive profile of the Force's new Assistant Chief Constable will be online in due course.


Stuart Prior

Assistant Chief Constable

ACC Prior

About our Assistant Chief Constable (ACC)

ACC Prior is responsible for Operational Policing and matters relating to crime and intelligence across the force area. This includes Serious and Organised Crime, Contact Management alongside Local Policing and Public Protection, as well as the implementation of areas under ‘Delivering the Future’ and the overall Force Performance. He also has responsibility for Citizens in Policing including volunteers, cadets and special constables as well working closely with staff associations and the various force support groups.

Stuart began his career in Leicestershire Police and has spent a significant part of his time in the police service as an investigator but has also performed various operational and neighbourhood roles at every rank. He became Head of Crime in Leicestershire in 2012, before moving into the role of Head of EMSOU in 2015.

Stuart has 31 years’ service and is still as enthusiastic as ever about policing and making communities safer, being a pleasant place to live and work. Having worked closely with Nottinghamshire whilst at EMSOU, he was delighted to be offered the opportunity to become Assistant Chief Constable in the force. He knows that during the period of time he spends with us, the force will continue to tackle the challenges both operationally and financially, whilst continuing to provide excellent service to the communities within Nottinghamshire.

He is an accredited firearms commander, public order commander, Senior investigating officer, kidnap investigator and manager of serious, covert & complex crimes.

Stuart is a family man and has a love for most sports, taking part in several as well as being a big sports viewing fan.


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