Barnsley District Commander

Chief Superintendent Liz Watson began her police career in 1987 as a Constable at Hammerton Road in Sheffield. She was promoted to Sergeant in 1992 and moved to Woodseats Police Station before transferring to Rotherham as uniformed Sergeant.

In 1999, Liz was promoted to Inspector at Attercliffe in Sheffield and worked on a response team with dual role as a community inspector in Brightside and Shiregreen areas.

After a short period as Head of Probationer Training and lead on the Best Value Review of Training in 2002, Liz was promoted to Chief Inspector Traffic and restructured the unit to the Road Policing Unit we have today.

Liz returned to Rotherham District in 2007 as Chief Inspector Operations before being promoted to Superintendent as Superintendent Operations in OSS, managing the uniformed specialist operations.

In 2011, Liz transferred to Barnsley District as Superintendent Operations, and at the end of 2014, she was promoted to Chief Superintendent and took on the role of District Commander.

Chief Supt Watson said: “There is most definitely a culture of 'Team Barnsley' with excellent and well-committed officers working in close partnership with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and health, voluntary sector and other emergency services, to progress community safety and develop close community ties with the people of Barnsley.

“Reducing crime and tackling anti-social behaviour continues to be our focus as well as the important work we are doing to protect vulnerable members of our society in particular those at risk of violence, sexual exploitation and hate crime.

“As police in Barnsley undergo a restructure in the summer of 2015 we are committed to maintaining reductions in crime and continuing to achieve high public confidence and satisfaction ratings to ensure Barnsley really is a safe place to live, work and visit. I am proud to be the District Commander of Barnsley.”