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Dorset Police – New Assistant Chief Constable for Operations

Dorset Police’s Chief Constable James Vaughan is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Assistant Chief Constable for Operations to the Force.

Chief Superintendent Samantha (Sam) de Reya was successfully selected on Friday 24 April 2020 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.

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: “I am delighted to appoint Sam to this crucial role and I look 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.”

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “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.”

Chief Superintendent Sam de Reya 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.”

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Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)

Covid19 Information: Bypassing the Main Stream Media

Many people are feeling a little disenchanted with the main stream media (MSM) and their reporting of the Covid19 crisis. It often feels like some journalists/presenters are more interested in making a drama out of a crisis rather than providing people with the Covid19 information that they need.

You can however completely bypass the MSM. Instead get the latest government Covid19 information delivered directly to your email inbox. You can set the delivery to be on a daily, weekly or even an hourly interval if you so wish.

While this Covid19 information is purely what the government wants to present and so lacks any third party analysis, it also lacks opinionated MSM interpretation as well.

If you would like to sign up to receive the government email click the link HERE.
All you need is a valid email address. You can select how often you receive the email in the sign up process.

For further information on local Dorset action against this virus, Dorset Council have a dedicated and regularly updated page HERE. It in turn links to many other pages. Each page tackles a dedicated topic and is a mine of information. We first reported on this new Dorset Council initiative HERE but even in the short period of time since then the data was improved and increased.

Dorset Council also have two new warning two posters. They are designed to warn visitors that the person is either self isolating or has a compromised immune system and so will not answer the door.

Covid19 Information Posters

The posters are available as PDF’s. The posters are A4 in size and look like the images below. Download the PDF from the links below and then print it out.

Covid19 information: self-isolation poster

Covid19 information: weak immune system poster








The Self-Isolating Poster is HERE

The Weak-Immune Poster is HERE

Remember to stay safe and keep your distance.

Keep washing your hands!