Rachel joined Essex Police in 1998 where she worked at Canvey Island and Rayleigh, before becoming a Sergeant there working at Benfleet and Rochford. She then spent a year as part of the neighbourhood policing project team, delivering a different approach to policing local communities. Rachel has mainly worked on uniform based roles since. In 2006 she was supported by local Rotary Clubs to spend time in South Africa and Lesotho learning about cultural differences and diversity in policing.
Rachel was promoted to Inspector in 2006 as the Staff officer to the Chief Constable and was then Inspector at Tilbury in 2007.
In late 2008 Rachel was promoted to Chief Inspector and spent six very enjoyable years at that rank taking up roles as District Commander at Thurrock, Basildon and lead for Roads Policing and the Dog section.
As Criminal Justice Command Superintendent between 2014 to 2016, Rachel developed wider partnership working and change management skills.
In 2016 Rachel was promoted to Operational Policing Command as Chief Superintendent where she led various high-profile operations, including the first visit of the US President to the UK. During this period Rachel helped to develop the Seven Force firearms training collaboration and led regional Roads Policing coordination as well as UAV training and operational initiatives with Essex Fire and Rescue.
Between September 2018 and January 2020 Rachel was seconded to the National Police Coordination Centre (NPoCC) where she coordinated the operational policing response to Brexit preparations on behalf of NPCC leads, as well as developing the role of NPoCC to better support UK policing.
Rachel completed the Strategic Command Course in 2020, passing with distinction, before being successful in her application as Assistant Chief Constable (Local Policing and Crime & Public Protection) in April 2020. She currently has responsibility for Local Policing, Special Constabulary and our Local Policing Support Unit.
Rachel is a Gold Commander for public order and CBRN and is a strategic firearms commander.
Rachel has a BA (Hons) degree in English, Physical Education and Sports Science from Loughborough University.
In her spare time Rachel and her husband Paul, (a firearms instructor, also in Essex Police) are refurbishing their “dusty old farmhouse” and she also enjoy walking holidays, reading and improving her skiing. Rachel has run the London Marathon four times and is keen on all types of sport.
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