Dorset Police has appointed Chief Superintendent Rachel Farrell as Assistant Chief Constable to join the Force’s Executive Team.
Rachel joins from Hampshire Constabulary and has over 26 years of policing experience including Head of Prevention and Vulnerability and Head of Major and Serious Crime along with senior leadership roles in Neighbourhood Policing and Partnerships.
Dorset Chief Constable Scott Chilton said: ‘A number of candidates took part in the highly competitive process and I am delighted that Rachel has been successful.
‘I look forward to Rachel joining us in the coming weeks. I know she is committed to our aims of protecting the public, being tough on crime and making sure we remain an organisation that fully values everyone’s contribution.’
Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Farrell said: ‘I am delighted to be joining the Dorset Police family. Dorset is a place close to my heart and I have always spent a lot of time in the beautiful county as it is right on my doorstep.
‘Dorset is a great police force and I have been struck by the pride people have in the organisation and how determined they are about preventing crime and anti-social behaviour, supporting victims and making sure criminals face justice for the harm they cause. I feel privileged to become part of this team.
‘The county is a safe place to live but there are still those who are vulnerable and exploited or who are impacted by crime. I am passionate about protecting people by tackling offenders and reducing crime.
‘I am looking forward to getting out and about and meeting my new colleagues, our partners and communities across the county. I will be doing everything I can to work with them all to help realise the aspirations of the Force and make Dorset even safer.’
The selection panel consisted of Chief Constable Scott Chilton MSt (Cantab), Deputy Chief Constable Sam de Reya, Nicky Anderson, Head of People, Gareth Sherwood, CEO of the YMCA and Dorset Ethics Chair, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service Area Manager Seth Why and Sophie Sajic, Head of Street Based Response Communities at BCP Council.