IT’S a new era at Staffordshire Police, with Chief Constable Gareth Morgan leading the force from today (Monday June 19th).
Chief Constable Morgan said: “I am delighted to join Staffordshire Police and look forward to working with colleagues and communities to keep Staffordshire safe”.
“The threats facing the country from terrorism and the changing nature of crime mean that in Staffordshire we need to be equipped to deal with these issues. I believe that local communities are the bedrock of policing and working with our partners locally I am confident we can meet these challenges.”
“The continuing reductions in budgets are an added factor as we seek to prioritise the resources we have available and we will be embarking on a significant change programme to ensure that policing meets the current demands we face with the budget available.”
“Neighbourhood policing will be the bedrock of this force during my time in office because it is working within communities that we will best tackle the challenges confronting us”.
“It’s a genuine privilege to be appointed Chief Constable and I look forward to getting out and about and meeting the public to better understand their issues and concerns and seek their support in me leading Staffordshire Police.”
Gareth embarked on his career in 1987 when he joined West Midlands Police. He has also worked in West Mercia and Warwickshire. He is joining Staffordshire from Avon and Somerset where he has been the Deputy Chief Constable since 2014.
Mr Morgan was appointed Deputy Chief Constable at Avon and Somerset in February 2016 after a career predominantly in the Midlands.
Gareth joined West Midlands Police in 1987 as a Constable and then a Sergeant based in Birmingham. In 1996 he joined the Accelerated Promotion Scheme and on promotion to Inspector continued to work in a variety of uniform and detective roles.
In 2000 he was selected to attend the FBI National Academy at Quantico. On his return he wattts promoted and posted as a Detective Chief Inspector to Sandwell.
On promotion to Superintendent in 2002 he was seconded to the Home Office, within the Police Standards Unit.
Gareth returned to the West Midlands in 2003 to review the provision of child protection policing and oversee the introduction of the Climbie recommendations before taking up the post of BCU Operations Manager at Stechford.
In 2005 he was appointed Head of Training and in 2006, as a result of the Government’s intention to merge police forces, Gareth was seconded to programme manage the ‘Mergers Team’ for the West Midlands Region.
Following promotion in 2007 he became a BCU Commander and the police lead for Children and Young People in Birmingham.
In 2009, as part of the change programme in West Midlands Police, Gareth led on the review of local policing and the creation of a Public Protection Department, which he subsequently led.
Following his attendance at the Strategic Command Course in 2011 he was temporarily promoted and took up the post of Chief of Staff to the President of Association of Chief Police Officers.
In July 2012 he took up appointment as Assistant Chief Constable for local policing of Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police.
You can read a short question and answer session with Mr Morgan here.