Chief Inspector Gemma Ward has taken up her new role as leader of the Local Policing Team for Stafford and Stone.
The 36-year-old has served with Staffordshire Police since 2006 and feels honoured to be heading up local policing for the county town and surrounding areas in her new posting.
Gemma is no stranger to Stafford, having begun her policing career there as a response PC in 2006, where she remained until joining CID as a Detective in 2009. Her CID role saw her move from Stafford to Cannock then Stoke-on-Trent, investigating serious and complex crime and gaining a nationally recognised detective’s accreditation.
Gemma was promoted to Sergeant in Response Policing at Hanley Police Station, before taking on the role of Custody Sergeant in the Northern Area Custody Facility in 2013. Since then, she has worked within the force Performance and Standards Unit as a Detective Sergeant – investigating complaints and misconduct and after promotion to Inspector, took on the role of Staff Officer to the Chief Constable at Staffordshire Police Headquarters, developing several national policing portfolios including digital forensics.
Gemma was born and raised in Newcastle-under-Lyme and is married with two children. After studying at a local high school and college, Gemma moved to Edgbaston to study Law at the University of Birmingham. After returning to education whilst an Inspector, she also graduated with a Masters Degree (MSc) in Police Leadership from Warwick Business School in 2017. Gemma’s interests include rugby, having played for a number of women’s teams for many years.
“It is my privilege to lead local policing services for the communities of Stafford, Stone and the surrounding areas and I’m delighted that Inspector Mark Joynson will continue as my deputy after making great progress as interim commander.
“I am focused on making the Stafford policing area a safe, enjoyable place to live, where individuals, families and businesses can thrive. As commander, I want to build a richer picture of our varied and vibrant communities – to understand what really matters and makes a difference to you, so that we can deliver the best possible service.
“Prevention of crime and harm is very important to me, and something that I believe in investing in – utilising a wide range of tactics, resources and problem solving tools for early intervention and by working together with a wide range of partners. I would like to reassure the public that we will continue to come down hard on those who cause harm in our communities and target individuals or groups who negatively impact upon the lives of others.”