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Deputy Chief Constable awarded medal in King’s New Year’s Honours

The deputy chief constable of Staffordshire Police, Emma Barnett, has been recognised in His Majesty the King’s New Year’s Honours List for 2023.

Emma will receive the King’s Policing Medal (KPM), one of the first of such medals issued since the King began his reign, following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II, in September 2022.

The medal has been awarded for Emma’s distinguished service, spanning a policing career of 29 years, so far.

Emma began her career at West Midlands Police in 1993 as a police constable, working at every rank in the force, before becoming commander of one of the largest policing units in the country.

In 2017 Emma joined Staffordshire Police as assistant chief constable, became deputy chief constable in August 2020 and served as the temporary chief constable for six months in 2021.

During her time at Staffordshire, Emma has successfully led the force through many challenging situations such as the national increase in the terror threat level to critical after terrorist attacks in 2017 and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Alongside her considerable responsibilities in force, Emma has also balanced a demanding national portfolio as the lead for victims and witnesses for all forces in England and Wales.

Chief Constable, Chris Noble, said: “After nearly 30 years in policing, Emma continues to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to the communities she serves.

“The difference she has made to the communities of Staffordshire and to victims and witnesses bravely coming forward is immeasurable.

“Emma has a tireless energy for improving the service the public receives and I cannot think of a more deserving colleague and friend to receive this honour.”


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