Assistant Chief Constables

Rachel Bacon (7049) 

ACC Rachel Bacon

Assistant Chief Constable

Rachel Bacon joined Northumbria Police in June 2017 and is responsible for the Citizens Focus portfolio which includes Custody, Criminal Justice, Communications and Force Improvement.

Previously working in Sussex and Hampshire in a variety of roles Rachel was most recently Head of Crime for Sussex together with leading a number of collaborated Specialist Crime units. This included intelligence; organised crime; cyber and economic crime.

Leading on the force’s crime change program and a digital forensics project to support improved criminal justice outcomes Rachel seeks to transform service delivery for victims of crime.

Rachel has undertaken detective roles at all ranks specialising in Public Protection. She has been head of safeguarding and is an experienced Senior Investigating Officer. She has also undertaken District Command and neighbourhood roles during her career.

She is an accredited Strategic Firearms Commander and is the national NPCC lead for the College of Policing licence to practice in Child Sexual Abuse investigations.

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Helen McMillan (7062) 

ACC Helen McMillan

Assistant Chief Constable

Helen McMillan joined Northumbria Police in June 2017, having previously worked for Durham Police in a variety of roles, most recently as Assistant Chief Constable.

She has experience of working in many operational roles, in training and professional standards departments and is an experienced firearms and public order commander.

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