Derbyshire cop who suffered homophobic abuse set to become county's chief constable

Derbyshire cop who suffered homophobic abuse set to become county's chief constable
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Posted on 30 Jul 2020

A top police officer whose hairstyle prompted a deluge of sexist and homophobic abuse could soon become Derbyshire's next chief constable.


Rachel Swann, who is currently the force's deputy chief constable, was the public face of the Whaley Bridge evacuation last year when a dam burst. 

She became the victim of cruel jibes when she appeared on television, complete with a spiked and dyed hairstyle.


She will now face a confirmation hearing by Derbyshire's Police & Crime Panel.

Speaking to BBC Radio Derby about the abuse she endured, Ms Swann said: “I can take a bit of banter, but it became sexist and homophobic and really insulting.


“The bit that really hurt was people saying I had no standards and I was letting policing down.” 

She added: “Yes, I am a woman. Yes, I might have a slightly different hairstyle. Yes, I am quite small. I could not believe that my mere existence could cause such a depth of feeling. 


“Some comments were misogynistic and homophobic, and the abuse has been recorded as a hate incident, just as for the public.”

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