Assistant Chief Constable David Hartley

Date published: 28 September 2021 07:22

About David

Assistant Chief Constable David Hartley joined South Yorkshire Police in 1991 and has spent all his service with the Force. 

He joined the police after spending four years at university, one year of which was a year in industry with British Coal. He graduated with a computing and operational research degree.

When he joined in 1991, David’s first posting was to West Bar Police Station where he spent six years mainly as a uniformed duty group officer policing the streets of the city, first on foot and then by beat car. He left Sheffield on promotion in 1997 and was posted to Main Street at Rotherham, serving on a duty group for two years before becoming the Chief Constable’s staff officer.

David left the staff office upon promotion to Inspector rank and was posted to Wombwell in 2001. He was then a duty group Inspector for five years, taking the role of PSU commander throughout. David was also the first uniform officer to become a Force Hostage and Crisis negotiator, a role that he maintained for the next 14 years.

David left Barnsley upon promotion to Chief Inspector, and held the lead for Specialist Community Engagement in the Community Safety Department for two years, before then taking the lead for Tactical Support Group in Operational Support Services.

Over this period, he became a public bronze commander, then silver APOC commander, a firearms silver commander, specialist silver firearms commander and CBRN commander. David was promoted from TSG to be the Operations Superintendent at Barnsley in 2008, where he remained until promotion to Chief Superintendent in October 2011 as commander of Sheffield district.

David became a public order gold, multi-agency gold and specialist strategic firearms commander in 2012, roles which are all maintained to the current day. David attended the strategic command course 2017, and was then appointed as ACC Local Policing in April 2017.

David is married and has lived in the county all his life. He has three grown up children, and enjoys supporting them at their many and varied sporting activities. When not doing that, he enjoys watching rugby union, fishing, clay shooting and training his wayward Labradors.


Assistant Chief Constable David Hartley is responsible for Specialist Operations, Force Communications and Covid​ 

ACC David Hartley