Lisa Winward, Police Officer, Commander for the City of York

Lisa started her police career in North Yorkshire Police in 1993 as a Special Constable in York. She joined as a regular officer in 1994 and, working in Hull and Grimsby, was promoted to the rank of Inspector. She transferred back to North Yorkshire Police in 2008 and worked within the York and Selby senior management team as Chief Inspector Operations. She remained at York on promotion to Superintendent Operations and went on to be the Commander for the City between 2009 and 2013.

During this time she also attended the FBI National Academy Leadership course which involved completion of a number of assessed Masters level modules on leadership, international policing, intelligence-led policing and child victims and perpetrators.  Subsequently Lisa undertook roles at force level as the Executive Officer to the Chief Constable, and Head of Uniformed Operations for the Force.

Lisa has held the role of Head of Major Crime, Specialist Operations, Criminal Justice and Force Intelligence alongside supporting the change programme linked to affordability and collaboration.

In May 2016 Lisa took up Chief Officer responsibility for local policing, and in February 2017 she became Deputy Chief Constable at North Yorkshire Police. On 15 August 2018 she became the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, only the second woman to do so.


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