Debbie Tedds grew up in Leamington Spa and joined Warwickshire Police in March 1989. She served across Warwickshire in a variety of roles and departments as a Constable, predominantly within the Investigations departments and was promoted to Detective Sergeant in 2002.

Debbie progressed through the ranks, being the first female Warwickshire officer to achieve the rank of Detective Inspector working within Reactive CID, Proactive CID, Intelligence and setting up the Protecting Vulnerable Persons unit and introducing Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences into Warwickshire before being promoted to Superintendent in 2009 to head up the then Judicial Services Department.

She was one of the founder members of Senior Women in Policing for Warwickshire and was nominated for a Continued Excellence in Performance Award presented by the British Association for Women in Policing.

Debbie was seconded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Constabulary in 2011 as a Specialist Staff Officer leading on Vulnerability and in particularly Child Protection. Following this role she returned to Warwickshire Police and was appointed as the Policing Area Commander for South Warwickshire. She was then promoted in 2015 as Chief Superintendent and performed roles across the former alliance with West Mercia Police, heading up the Assurance and Service Improvement function and then as Head of Crime and Operations.

She was successful at the Senior Police National Assessment Centre in November 2018 and graduated from the Strategic Command Course as the first Warwickshire female officer in March 2019.

Debbie was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable for Protective Services and Professional Services May 2019 whilst also leading the implementation of the force’s Evolve Change programme, transitioning services out of the strategic alliance. She is the force Firearms Portfolio holder and regional Victims and Witnesses Chief Officer lead.

Earlier this year she was appointed as the force’s Temporary Deputy Chief Constable and has recently taken over the NPCC Vetting Portfolio.

Debbie was appointed Chief Constable on 1st July 2021 and became the first female Chief in Warwickshire Police's 164-year history. 

She is incredibly proud and honoured to serve as a Warwickshire officer, in the county she was born and grew up in, which is most definitely her home.

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Chief Constable Debbie Tedds

Richard Moore was born in Northern Ireland and joined West Midlands Police when he was 20, in 1992.

During his 25 years of service, Richard has held roles as head of Local Policing for East Birmingham, Programme Director for Business Transformation, as well as roles in Counter Terrorism and crime investigation.

Richard joined Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police as Assistant Chief Constable with responsibility for Protective Services, which includes responsibility for Crime Management, Forensics Services, Intelligence, Major Investigations, Operations, Protecting Vulnerable People and Specialist Operations.

He was appointed Deputy Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police in August 2018.

Alex Franklin-Smith, who was appointed Temporary Assistant Chief Constable for the force in August 2018, secured the permanent role of ACC in April 2020 which has responsibility for the Local Policing Directorate.

ACC Franklin-Smith began his career with Surrey Police in 2002 before transferring to Warwickshire Police in 2007.

In 2008 he joined the National High Potential Development Scheme and worked in a variety of uniform and detective roles up to the rank of Superintendent.

In 2012, Alex was seconded to the National Crime Agency (NCA) where he led a number of projects to tackle serious organised crime, terrorism and international drug trafficking.

On his return from the NCA, Alex took up the post of Director of Intelligence for Warwickshire Police in what was then the two forces’ strategic alliance. During this time he led a programme of work to introduce new structures for delivering intelligence services across both forces, and nationally he led the design and implementation of new intelligence products, enabling the UK's first ever national tasking and coordination process for law enforcement.

In 2015 he was appointed Chief Superintendent responsible for local policing services across Warwickshire Police, and was responsible for delivering Criminal Justice, Custody, Communications Centre, Crime Bureau and Firearms Licensing services.

ACC Franklin-Smith has post graduate and masters qualifications in Leadership and Management, and in March, graduated from the College of Policing’s Strategic Command Course. He is also a strategic public order and firearms commander.

Alex was appointed T/Deputy Chief Constable for Warwickshire Police in July 2021. 

In his downtime he enjoys all sports and for his sins supports Southampton Football Club!

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T/DCC Alex Franklin-Smith

T/Assistant Chief Constable David Gardner

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Ben has lived in the county of Warwickshire all his life and joined Warwickshire Police in 2003. He is currently Assistant Chief Constable with responsibility for Local Policing.

Ben has undertaken a wide range of policing roles both investigative, but predominantly in uniform operations roles.

He was selected to undertake the National High Potential Development Scheme in 2010 and successfully obtained a Masters degree in Strategic Police Leadership as part of this scheme.

Ben has specialised in Operational Policing Command roles. Having been a Tactical Firearms Commander he is now an experienced Strategic Firearms Commander. He is also a Gold Public Order and CBRN Commander and has force responsibility for these portfolios.

In more recent years Ben has performed roles as head of Analysis and Service Improvement, and Head of Local Policing from October 2018.

Ben was appointed temporary Assistant Chief Constable in July 2021.

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T/ACC Ben Smith

In May 2018 Jeff Carruthers was appointed as Chief Finance Officer.

Jeff is a qualified accountant a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA) and Accountancy and The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). Having worked for Warwickshire County Council for the early part of his career Jeff gained wide-ranging experience in variety roles both in a central finance team and working directly with the front line service providers including head teachers, social workers and engineers, at the forefront of devolved financial management.

Jeff joined Warwickshire Police in 1997 as Systems Accountant and given the task of implementing a year 2000 (Y2K) compliant finance system. He subsequently took up roles that involved financial and business planning, budgeting and preparing the annual statement of accounts during a period of substantial change in Warwickshire Police, national policing, and the area of technical accounting and governance. Jeff was seconded to the team that prepared the business case for the proposed merger of the four regional forces; he was the finance lead for the tragic fire in a warehouse in Atherstone on Stour South Warwickshire where four of colleagues in the fire services tragically lost their lives. More recently he has worked on developing the accounting arrangements for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) and Chief Constables following the creation of the PCC and the financial accounting arrangements for the alliance. He holds a role on the national Police Pensions Board governing pension schemes administered by Kier Business Services Ltd. He has also support the National College of Policing to deliver the Senior Leadership Programme and is an active volunteer on the CIPFA 6th Form Management Team Games which aims to develop students financial and management skills using a real live scenario.

In April 2013 Jeff took up the role of Head of Accountancy and Financial Services for the alliance and in May 2018 was appointed to the new role of the Chief Finance Officer which carries statutory responsibilities as the Chief Finance Officer to the two Chief Constable's of Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police.

Jeff has led the finance team through significant change including the formation of the alliance and consolidating the finance team on one site using a single finance system, common policies and harmonised financial arrangements, whilst reducing the core finance team by 50%.

It is Jeff's ambition to support the people in the Finance Directorate to be the best they can be. Both he and the team are committed to delivering cost effective financial services, ensuring there is appropriate financial control and seeking out greater efficiencies to increase our front line capacity and protect people from harm.

Tania’s career started as a PA, moved into finance and then has predominantly been in Human Resources for the last 18 years.

She joined Warwickshire Police in 2004 within the HR department, undertaking a variety of HR roles before taking on the expanded role of Head of People Services across both West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police in 2012, moving into the Director of Enabling Services post for Warwickshire Police in October 2019.  She previously worked within financial services for seven years.

Tania led on the successful harmonisation of people policy, terms and conditions and the pay and grading structure for both forces when setting up the strategic alliance between Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police and states that this was one of her biggest challenges but also a career highlight.

The business areas within Enabling Services, which she leads, are:

Business Operations

Corporate Communications

Human Resources

Learning and Development