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Paddy Tipping Reveals Preferred Candidate for Chief Constable


Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has announced his preferred candidate for Nottinghamshire’s next Chief Constable as Craig Guildford.

In accordance with current legislation the proposed appointment will now be put before a Confirmation Hearing of the Police and Crime Panel to be held on 9 December, for members’ to review and make a recommendation to the Commissioner.

Mr Guildford is currently Deputy Chief Constable with Gwent Police.  He is expected to take up the role before March 2017.

Paddy Tipping said that he had delivered a consistently outstanding response during an extremely searching interview process against a cohort of candidates of particularly high calibre.

“I’m convinced that Craig is the right person to lead Nottinghamshire Police in future years,” he said.  “These are tough and challenging times and, on behalf of our communities, I was looking for an inspirational leader with the drive and ambition to take us forward and keep us safe.  That’s a big ask.

“It was an exhaustive interview process and included assessments by stakeholders, young people, minority groups, officers and staff and the College of Policing.  I was absolutely determined to find the very best person for Nottinghamshire and I’m delighted with the result.”

A six-strong adjudication panel, comprising the Commissioner, partner representatives and an independent member provided by the College of Policing, undertook the final interview and overall evaluation.

Craig Guildford said he was delighted to have been offered the opportunity to come and work in such a great city and county.

“Nottingham is a place I have visited several times. It’s a fabulous city and county, a seat of learning and industry. This is a fantastic opportunity and I am excited to be working with a PCC that is extremely well regarded across policing.

“I come from a policing family and I’m looking forward to working with Nottinghamshire’s excellent officers and staff and leading Nottinghamshire Police through the challenges facing policing over the coming years.”

Mr Guildford, who is married with three grown up children, said he and his wife would be moving to Nottinghamshire once his appointment was confirmed.

Outside of policing, his main pastimes are walking, playing football and trying to stay fit.  He enjoys watching football and he still follows Crewe Alexandra.

The recruitment process, which commenced in August, culminated in a gruelling selection programme running over several days last week.

Details of the full package can be downloaded here


Background information:
Craig Guildford joined Gwent Police in April 2014 as Deputy Chief Constable (DCC).

His policing career began when he joined Cheshire Constabulary in 1994 after completing a Geography degree at University when he also worked as a volunteer Special Constable.  After eighteen months service he went into the CID and worked in a number of pro-active 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, worked in various operational and crime roles in the four commands including force reviews, Superintendent Operations, Centralised Custody, PFI Programme Manager and BCU Superintendent Operations.  He successfully led negotiations to settle a PFI contract on behalf of the Authority and has led investigations into the criminality of an IPCC Senior Investigating Officer.  As Superintendent Citizen Focus he implemented customer service desks across the force which saw Cheshire rise from 43rd to 1st for overall satisfaction in under two years.

On his return from the National Crime Squad he progressed through the ranks in Cheshire Constabulary before being appointed as Assistant Chief Constable, Specialist Operations with West Yorkshire Police in October 2012.


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Posted on Monday 14th November 2016
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