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 uniformed 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 Constable and Detective Sergeant.
On returning to Cheshire Constabulary, Craig gained a place on the High Potential Development Scheme, working in various operational and crime roles across four commands, in addition to force reviews, Superintendent for Operations, Centralised Custody, PFI Programme Manager, BCU Superintendent Operations and 3 years as C/Supt BCU Commander.
As Superintendent for Citizen Focus at Cheshire Police, he implemented customer service desks across the Force which saw Cheshire rise from 43rd to 1st for overall satisfaction in less than two years.
Craig was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable for Specialist Operations, and led the change team, with West Yorkshire Police, in October 2012, before joining Gwent Police as Deputy Chief Constable (DCC), in April 2014, where he was the strategic lead for the all Wales Schools Liaison Programme working with Welsh Government.
Craig joined Nottinghamshire Police as Chief Constable in February 2017 and, since joining the force, moved with his family to live in the county he serves.
Since joining Nottinghamshire Police, Craig has been committed to delivering a partnership-focused policing service that delivers value for money for local people while also increasing the number of police officers employed by the force. Since his appointment, the number of police officers employed in the county has risen to 2000 full and part-time officers.
Craig remains a specialist firearms commander, public order commander, and assesses nationally in both disciplines. He is also the national policing lead for complaints and misconduct.
As part of his national responsibilities Craig is a committee member and discipline friend with the Chief Police Officers’ Staff Association. He also works with Home Office, IOPC and staff associations at a national level to implement forthcoming systemic changes to the complaints and discipline system. Additionally he remains a mentor, assessor and co-director of the Strategic Command Course.