Head of Professional Standards

David Barraclough joined South Yorkshire Police in 1990 where he was posted to Rawmarsh. He remained at Rotherham District in his early career predominantly stationed at Wath-Upon-Dearne. It was at this station in the early to mid 90’s that David Barraclough commenced his career in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

He was promoted to Sergeant in 2000, which saw a move to Sheffield and onto Woodseats duty group where he spent approximately nine months in uniform before moving back into CID at the same station as Detective Sergeant.

David Barraclough was then posted into Special Branch a number of years later, where he worked alongside the Security Services supervising a large number of local and national Counter Terrorism operations.

Following promotion to Detective Inspector, he managed Serious Acquisitive Crime (SAC) for Sheffield, before a further promotion to Detective Chief Inspector saw him move to Attercliffe where he was involved in managing various areas of Threat Harm and Risk for the City. This involved working closely with covert departments locally and regionally where he was able to draw on previous knowledge of supervising covert operations. It was during this period that a large number of the Sheffield gangs linked to firearms and drugs were successfully dismantled.  

In 2011, David Barraclough left Sheffield and joined Specialist Crime Service (SCS), commencing duties as an Senior Investigating Officer (SIO), shortly after this it became his full time role when he was promoted to Detective Superintendent in early 2012. During this period he has supervised numerous homicide investigations of every category, including gang murder. He has also received a number of Crown Court Commendations for his supervision of these investigations.  

Whilst SIO, he was also force lead for Kidnap and Extortion and ran one of the most complex investigations the force has seen in recent years. The circumstances and learning from which has since been presented at regional and national level.

In 2016, Detective Superintendent David Barraclough left his role of SIO and took up his new post as Head of Professional Standards for South Yorkshire Police.

His contact details are:

Email: David.Barraclough@southyorks.pnn.police.uk