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Assistant Chief Constable Emma Barnett

Emma BarnettInformation on Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Emma Barnett.

Emma leads on the following functions:


Emma Barnett joined Staffordshire Police as Assistant Chief Constable in August 2016. She leads two Directorates - Investigations which includes CID, Specialist Investigations, Major and Organised Crime, and Forensics; and Operational Support which includes Justice Services, Intelligence and Operations, including being the portfolio holder for Armed Policing. She also leads for Staffordshire Police on the regional collaborations of the Organised Crime Unit, the Counter-Terrorism Unit and the Central Motorway Policing Group. Emma is also a Strategic Firearms Commander and Public Order Gold Commander.

She became a police officer in 1993 in West Midlands Police after graduating from Oxford University with a degree in Geography. Across her career in West Midlands Police, she undertook a number of roles including senior investigating officer, tactical firearms commander, staff officer and force change programme lead. Most of her roles were in local policing and in her final role with West Midlands Police she was commander of one of the largest policing units in the country - Birmingham West and Central. In 2005, Emma achieved an MSc in HR and Business from Aston Business School.

Emma completed the national Strategic Command Course in 2016 and joined Staffordshire Police later that year.

During her time with Staffordshire Police she has developed the force's response to dealing with victims and witnesses, and overseen developments in how the force tackles serious and organised crime. She has also led the two force operations during 2017 when the security state was raised to Critical and Op Temperer was implemented.

Emma has always been a strong advocate of women in policing and was recognised in 2016 by the West Midlands Association for Women in Policing for her role leading the Senior Women in Policing network. Now as the most senior female in the organisation she continues her support with the development of SAWP and the regional SWIP.

She is the National Police Chief Council (NPCC) lead for victims and witnesses as part of the Criminal Justice Co-ordination Committee.