Dorset DCC joins Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary as new deputy

Dorset Police Deputy Chief Constable Sam de Reya is joining neighbouring Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary next month.

Jul 6, 2023
By Paul Jacques
Deputy Chief Constable Sam de Reya

She will replace Ben Snuggs, who joined Thames Valley Police earlier this year, as the force’s new deputy chief constable.

Ms de Reya will take up her post on Monday August 7, following a competitive interview process.

Chief Constable Scott Chilton said: “I am delighted that Sam will be joining us as deputy chief constable.

“Sam will bring considerable skills and experience to Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, having previously held senior positions in two other forces and has a proven track record in delivering outstanding policing.

“I know she will be a real asset to the force and will be key to helping us deliver our priorities of exceptional local policing, relentlessly pursuing criminals and putting victims first.”

Ms de Reya said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary as deputy chief constable.

“This is a fantastic, professional and progressive force that is clearly focused on keeping everyone safe in our communities and delivering the very best of service to victims of crime.

“I will use my experience and focus on performance to support teams across the organisation to proactively and relentlessly pursue criminality, provide excellent local policing to prevent and deter crime while putting victims at the centre of everything we do.

“We will continue to work through key partnerships to stay connected, visible and engaged with our communities.

“This is an exciting time to join the force and I am looking forward to meeting our brilliant teams and the communities we serve in the coming weeks.”

Ms de Reya has been deputy chief constable at Dorset Police since August 2021. She was previously assistant chief constable for operations.

Ms de Reya joined Dorset Police from Devon and Cornwall Police, where she was chief superintendent and commander for North, East and West Devon, leading frontline policing services, investigation, neighbourhood policing and partnerships.

She is the strategic firearms commander for the South West, Wales and London, and is the Police Ethics Network chair. She is an avid supporter of police charities, including Flint House rehabilitation centre, and is a champion for equal opportunities and inclusion.

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