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PCC unveils preferred candidate for Derbyshire's next Chief Constable

DCC Rachel Swann
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa today (Fri, 24 July) announced his preferred candidate for the county’s new Chief Constable.

The appointment of Rachel Swann, who is currently the Deputy Chief Constable, will now be subject to a confirmation hearing by Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Panel.

Amongst a career of high-profile incidents, Rachel Swann led the Toddbrook Reservoir multiagency emergency response in August 2019.

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 today.

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

“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.”

Rachel Swann 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.”

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


Media enquiries:  Sallie Blair 07702 541401

Background Info:

Rachel Swann

Rachel Swann joined Derbyshire Constabulary in February 2018 as Deputy Chief Constable from Northamptonshire Police.

Initially appointed as Assistant Chief Constable of the Northamptonshire force, she was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in 2017.

Her policing career began with Leicestershire Police in 1994. Rising through the ranks, Rachel took a key command role for the Team GB Olympic training camp at Loughborough University and the Queen’s Jubilee visit to Leicester.

Posted on Friday 24th July 2020
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