Lincolnshire Police’s first female deputy chief constable to retire

Lincolnshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Heather Roach has announced that she will be stepping down from her role from April.

Her 29-year career at Lincolnshire Police began in 1987 and she has served in both uniform and detective roles, including Head of Professional Standards and Operations Support.

She was temporarily promoted to the position of Deputy Chief Constable in September 2014, becoming the first ever female substantive Chief Officer in the county.

Prior to joining the Chief Officer team, Heather was the Head of the Criminal Investigation Unit overseeing the force response to both local volume crime matters and working in collaboration with the East Midlands Specialist Operations Unit responding to major and serious and organised crime.

Heather is married, has two young sons and a passion for all things equestrian.

Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Neil Rhodes said his deputy would be a “tough act to follow”, as the recruitment process gets underway at the force.

Lincolnshire Police are seeking applications for the position of Deputy Chief Constable from ambitious senior police officers. Further information here.