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Dorset Police appoint new Assistant Chief Constable

The new assistant chief constable for Dorset is Samantha (Sam) de Reya who was selected for the post on 24 April.

Dorset Police Assistant Chief Constable Sam de Reya
Samantha de Reya joins Dorset Police as Assistant Chief Constable

She said, “I’m thrilled to be joining the brilliant team at Dorset Police and feel privileged to be taking on the role of ACC Operations. I am looking forward enormously to getting to know people and communities across Dorset.”

Chief Superintendent Samantha (Sam) de Reya was successfully selected following an appointment process, supported by Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer Ben Ansell, and Deputy Chief Constable David Lewis.

Sam’s most recent role was Commander for North, East and West Devon at Devon & Cornwall Police leading frontline policing services, investigation, neighbourhood policing and partnerships.

She joined Northumbria Police in 1996 where she was a police constable, detective and tutor, transferring to Devon & Cornwall Police in 1999. She has enjoyed a broad and challenging career including leadership roles as a local police area commander, crime investigation manager, Public Protection Unit supervisor, head of the Professional Standards Department and lead for a major forcewide IT change programme.


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As Devon & Cornwall’s lead for the police Code of Ethics, championing ethical behaviour in the service, she is vice-chair of the Force’s Ethics Committee and remains co-chair of the South West Regional Police Ethics Network. She completed the national Police Strategic Command Course in March 2020 and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

As a senior female police officer and former gender representative of the Police Superintendents’ Association, Sam is actively involved in supporting equal opportunities and inclusion. She established the South West Women in Leadership programme in 2013, to help female police personnel to fulfil their full potential.

Chief Constable James Vaughan said he was delighted to announce the appointment and was looking forward to welcoming her into the Dorset Police family in early summer.

“She has a wealth of experience in a range of policing roles and will be a valuable asset to the Chief Officer team,” he said.

Martyn Underhill added, “Sam has had an incredibly varied career within policing and I am sure the Force will benefit from the high levels of expertise she will bring to the role. She will be a valuable addition to the Chief Officer team and I look forward to working with her.”

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