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Police medal for Derbyshire's Chief Constable

Chief Constable Rachel Swann. Image: Derbyshire Constabulary.

Derbyshire's Chief Constable Rachel Swann has been awarded the Queen's Police Medal.

The medal award, announced in the Queen’s birthday honours, is given to officers of any rank for acts of courage and conspicuous devotion to duty.

CC Swann said: “I am immensely privileged to have been awarded a Queen’s Police Medal and feel incredibly lucky to be recognised alongside such dedicated and hardworking colleagues from across the country.

“During my time in Derbyshire, latterly as Chief Constable, a position that I feel so incredibly proud to hold, we have seen the Whaley Bridge emergency, extreme flooding and, of course, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“Throughout all of these incidents I have been supported by the officers and staff within the force, our partners across the county and the fantastic communities the length and breadth of Derbyshire.”

Starting her career in 1994, CC Swann previously served with Leicestershire and then Northamptonshire Constabularies.

She joined Derbyshire Constabulary as Deputy Chief Constable in February 2019 – taking command of the operation to save the town of Whaley Bridge – before becoming Chief Constable in August 2020.

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