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.