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MetiNews.Com - 'Rachel’s depth of experience and proven leadership will ensure Derbyshire Constabulary continues to go from strength to strength'
Breaking News ! She helped save residents in Whaley Bridge from catastrophic flooding last year, yet she was subjected to homophobic and sexist abuse about her appearance and temporarily had to leave social media as a result. As she was interviewed last August, Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Swann informed journalists and residents that parts of the town were being evacuated as a result of severe damage at Toddbrook Reservoir which threatened to overwhelm the town. The reservoir, containing around 1.3 million tonnes of water, developed a huge hole in its dam wall. Residents had to leave their homes due to the "unprecedented, fast-moving emergency situation." Despite the gravity of the announcement, some people on social media decided instead to focus on her appearance. Called everything from 'scruffy' to an 'embarrassment', her hair was unfavourably compared to The X Factor duo Jedward. But, almost a year on, she has risen above the online trolling and is now set to lead the Derbyshire force as Chief Constable. Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Hardyal Dhindsa announced last week that DCC Swann was the preferred candidate for Derbyshire Constabulary's Chief Constable. DCC Swann speaking at a press conference in Whaley Bridge in August last year (Image: David Higgens/PA Wire) Subject to a confirmation hearing, she will replace the current Chief Constable, Peter Goodman, who announced earlier this year he would be retiring after 32 years in the force. Speaking in November 2019 about the online abuse she had received, DCC Swann told BBC Radio Derbyshire : ”Yes, I am a woman. Yes, I might have a slightly different hairstyle. Yes, I am quite small. “I can take a bit of banter but then it became sexist and homophobic, and really, really insulting.” DCC Swann said the comments became so frequent that she had to temporarily leave social media altogether.
Toddbrook reservoir in Whaley Bridge during the crisis
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At the time, Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones leapt to DCC Swann’s defence and said that many of the comments were likely to have been from a ‘group of largely retired, male ex cops’ who couldn’t accept her ‘modern’ style.
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"She's a respected, able officer, exactly the sort of person we should encourage to rise to the top of policing,” Mr Jones said. "There is a lack of diversity at the top and this kind of focus on a female officer's hair is partly why.” Announcing his recommendation for the Chief Constable's job, Mr Dhindsa said they were "delighted" with Deputy Chief Constable Swann's policing. “I am delighted to announce current Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Swann as my preferred candidate for the role of Derbyshire’s next chief constable,” he said in a statement.
DCC Rachel Swann is the preferred candidate for the deputy chief constable role within Derbyshire’s police force.
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“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.” DCC Swann said she felt ‘extremely privileged’ to be the preferred candidate. “Derbyshire Constabulary is a really good force with great people working in it,” she added. “I look forward to working with the PCC to deliver a good level of service to our communities.”
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