Rachel Swann to lead Derbyshire Constabulary

Rachel Swann, the deputy chief constable of Derbyshire Constabulary, has been named as the preferred candidate for the role of chief constable by the county’s police and crime commissioner (PCC), Hardyal Dhindsa.

Jul 24, 2020
By Tony Thompson
Rachel Swann

Her suitability for the role was put to the test during a robust assessment process which included the delivery of a presentation before a community panel and media exercise. Final interviews took place on Friday, July 24.

Mr Dhindsa said: “I am delighted to announce current Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Swann as my preferred candidate for the role of Derbyshire’s next chief constable.

“Derbyshire remains one of the safest counties in the country and the pressure has been on to find a driven and inspirational new leader to take the helm of the force.  The selection process has been extremely challenging and it has been difficult to choose between such high calibre candidates.

“However, Rachel’s depth of experience and proven leadership will ensure Derbyshire Constabulary continues to go from strength to strength in the future and I look forward to working with her in her new role. I would like to congratulate her on her success during what was a rigorous recruitment process.”

Ms Swann, who led the Toddbrook Reservoir multi-agency emergency response in August 2019, said: “I’m absolutely delighted and feel extremely privileged to be the preferred candidate the post of chief constable. Derbyshire Constabulary is a really good force with great people working in it and I look forward to working with the PCC to deliver a good level of service to our communities.”

The appointment will now be subject to a confirmation hearing by Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Panel.

Ms Swann will take over from Chief Constable Peter Goodman, who is retiring after a 32-year career in policing.

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