DORSET Police has confirmed it has appointed a new deputy chief constable.

The county force has selected Rachel Farrell to take the role on a permanent basis, confirming the appointment on Monday, November 13.

DCC Farrell was chosen after a recruitment process which was chaired by the chief constable of Dorset Police, Amanda Person.

She has been carrying out the role on a temporary basis since the summer.

Chief constable Amanda Pearson said: “I am delighted to announce that I have selected Rachel Farrell as our new deputy chief constable.

“While Rachel has been covering the role in a temporary capacity, I am thrilled that we will continue working together for the good of our people, our communities and our partners.

“I would like to congratulate Rachel on her selection.

“Dorset Police has a strong and cohesive chief officer team, and this will bring stability to the organisation as we focus on making Dorset a safe county for everyone.”

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, David Sidwick, said: ”This is an excellent selection and my sincere congratulations go to Rachel.

“I trust and respect her for the true public servant that she is and I very much look forward to the contribution she will bring as deputy chief constable to making Dorset the safest county in the UK.”