A new Deputy Chief Constable has been appointed for Northamptonshire Police.
Rachel Swann, who is the current Assistant Chief Constable with the force, was offered the position following a rigorous interview process.
She will take up her new role in May, when the current deputy, Andy Frost, is set to retire.
Rachel, who started her career in 1994 with Leicestershire Police, has substantial experience in challenging roles. Since joining Northamptonshire Police in 2015, she has led the force in a number of transformational projects.
A new process will begin soon for the appointment of a new assistant chief constable.
Chief Constable Simon Edens, said: “I want to congratulate Rachel and am delighted to appoint her as the new Deputy Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police.
“Rachel has a wealth of experience and has been a great asset to the force since she joined. She has been instrumental in the developments in local policing and the service delivery model, helping to better protect people from harm.
“I look forward to achieving great things as we move forward with Rachel as Deputy Chief Constable.”
Assistant Chief Constable Swann, said: “I’m delighted at this opportunity and feel privileged to have been selected as the new deputy. Since starting at Northamptonshire Police, I have been impressed with the commitment and resolve of officers and staff to make this county safe.
“I look forward to what I can bring to the force as Deputy Chief Constable.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold, said: “I am pleased to announce that Rachel Swann has demonstrated she has the exceptional skills we want in the new deputy, to help move the force towards achieving its goals for the future.”
Rachel Swann biography
In 1994 Rachel started her policing career with Leicestershire Police serving in a number of roles as both a constable and a sergeant across the county’s diverse geographic and demographic landscape. 2001 saw her promoted to Inspector where she was initially entrusted with the significant responsibilities incumbent on a leadership role in the Force Control Room, before becoming a Local Policing Commander managing a challenging area of Leicester.
Rachel was again promoted and in 2006 as a Superintendent she undertook a number of roles including the leadership of Change Programmes, BCU Command, SIO and latterly Head of the Specialist Operations Department leading early collaboration work and performing key command roles for both the Team GB Olympic Training Camp at Loughborough University and the Queens Jubilee Visit to Leicester. As Chief Superintendent, Rachel led the Force Change Programme delivering the transformation of services at significantly reduced costs, and working with external support from the private sector.
Rachel attended the Strategic Command Course in 2015 and then joined the Northamptonshire Police Chief Office Team as Assistant Chief Constable in May 2015. She initially undertook a support and collaboration portfolio but her role changed later in the year when the force moved to a single ACC structure. Rachel currently has responsibility for all operational policing aspects including crime, safeguarding, intelligence and local policing.
Rachel strongly believes that her leadership role is to enable the staff, officers and volunteers in the force to deliver a safer county and does this by supporting them to be the best they can be and helping them do the right thing in often difficult circumstances. She is passionate about fairness, transparency and inclusion leading the force’s equalities portfolio. She has been proactive in championing change to promotion processes and other policies and practices to meet her equality vision.