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Rachel Barber

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Deputy Chief Constable

Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Barber

Rachel Barber joined Nottinghamshire Police as Deputy Chief Constable in April 2017 from South Yorkshire Police, where she had worked since 1988.

Throughout her 30 years in service, she has worked in a number of operational roles at different ranks, undertaking senior management positions which have included working as the Head of the South Yorkshire Police’s specialist uniform operations and Crime Directorate.

During her time in South Yorkshire, Rachel helped the force to save more than £3.5million within her specialist operations portfolio, delivering effective support to local policing and ensuring the force maintained the Strategic Policing Requirement.

Her previous roles have included working as the staff officer to the Chief Constable and in national planning for the G8 summit in 2005, which saw Rachel in the Cabinet Office briefing room in Whitehall after the 7/7 bombings in London.

She was selected as a Police Commander for the England International Football Operation, which saw her travel across the world and finish as the police delegation commander for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

Following attendance on the Strategic Command Course, Rachel was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable for Protective Services, where she was responsible for crime and public protection alongside managing the Regional Firearms License on behalf of the Chief Constable for the Yorkshire and Humber Region.

Since joining Nottinghamshire Police, Rachel has led on developing the force’s internal governance, forging better relationships between the force and staff associations and has also led on developing the force’s culture to support its aim to become an employer of choice.

Rachel’s time in Nottinghamshire has also seen her work to align the force’s enabling services to better support front-line policing, working to reshape the force’s relationship with MFSS and redesigning the force’s promotion process to make it fairer, more consistent and to embed the Competency Values Framework.

Operationally, Rachel is a Strategic Firearms Commander and acts as a gold commander for Public Order operations.

Outside of work, Rachel enjoys running and also plays netball for the Nottinghamshire Police Sirens.