Jane Sawyers joined Staffordshire Police as a teenager in 1984. She began her career at Cannock during the miners’ strike and quickly gained a reputation as a hardworking, standards driven police officer, intent on serving the public. She took promotion examinations at the earliest opportunity and rose through the ranks working in a variety of roles including uniformed operations, drugs investigation and professional standards.
As a Chief Superintendent, she was selected to be Commander of the Stoke-on-Trent Division,
the busiest and most diverse area of the county. Stoke-on Trent presented some of the most challenging policing issues during her time there including a number of Counter Terrorism operations and arrests, and the prominance of the British National Party in the area and on the Local Authority.
In 2010 she was appointed Assistant Chief Constable in Staffordshire with responsibility for the strategic management of the force key risks and threats in the areas of child and adult protection, forensics, serious and organised crime, counter terrorism, public protection, civil contingencies and volume crime. She led the force response into a number policing operations including the national disorder in 2011 and the London Olympics 2012.
In 2013 Jane was appointed the Deputy Chief Constable in Staffordshire. In this role she had strategic responsibility for the business areas of the force including Corporate Services, Corporate Communications, People Services, Business Services, Technology Services, Legal Services, Benefits Realisation, the force change programme and collaboration. In 2014 Jane became the Chief Constable.
From 2014 to 2017 Jane was the national police lead for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans portfolio.
Jane retired from the police service in June 2017 after a career spanning thirty three years. In the month of her retirement she was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the Birthday Honours list, for her outstanding contribution to policing.
In December 2018 Jane began working as a lecturer in the school of Law, Policing and Forensics at Staffordshire University. In September 2020 she was appointed as an Associate Professor of Policing Practice.
In August 2020 Jane was appointed by the Lord Lieutenant as a Deputy Lieutenant for Staffordshire.