Deputy Chief Constable
Michael Barton was born in Lancashire and attended Lancaster Royal Grammar School. He studied law at Newcastle University and graduated in 1978 with an LL.B. After a couple of years working on the family farm Michael joined the Lancashire Constabulary in 1980. Michael has served in most ranks in both uniform and detective roles. He has also worked in Training, Professional Standards, HQ Operations, Research and Planning, Development and was Divisional Commander at Preston for three years. In 2002 he was promoted as Detective Chief Superintendent in Lancashire and was responsible for pulling together Lancashire’s response in the immediate aftermath of the cockle pickers’ disaster in 2004. He joined Durham Constabulary on 2 June 2008 as Assistant Chief Constable and was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable on 4 September 2009.
Since joining Durham Michael has led the successful implementation of the Quest ‘By Appointment’ diary car, Nimrod operations to close open drug markets, and significant improvements in both call handling and attendance within target times; all as part of the drive to improve public confidence. Whilst in Lancashire Michael led the development of the renowned Sleuth software which he has successfully introduced to Durham since joining the force. Michael leads on the regional development of serious crime investigation and has also changed the way that organised crime groups are attacked and neutralised which has proved successful both within the force area and regionally. He has long been a keen exponent of both problem orientated policing and integrated offender management, including Restorative Justice, and has successfully undertaken leadership roles to embed these concepts in Lancashire and Durham. Michael leads the ACPO Intelligence Portfolio and also chairs several national working groups including Crimestoppers, Professionalising Intelligence and the PND.