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Norfolk elects Giles Orpen-Smellie as its new PCC

Giles Orpen-Smellie has been announced as Norfolk’s new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) following elections held across England and Wales on Thursday 6 May 2021. 

The PCC is elected by the people of Norfolk to set the countywide strategy for reducing crime and disorder and improving community safety. They are the voice of the people in policing, holding Norfolk’s Chief Constable to account for delivering an efficient and effective police service. The PCC is also responsible for championing the needs of victims of crime and the vulnerable, providing local services to ensure that help and support are available to them. 

Mr Orpen-Smellie stood as the Conservative candidate, alongside candidates from Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and an independent.

The election was due to take place in May 2020 but was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. As a result, Mr Orpen-Smellie will hold the post of PCC for three years rather than the usual four-year term.

The new PCC term begins on Thursday 13 May 2021 after which time Mr Orpen-Smellie will be officially sworn in, taking the Declaration of Acceptance, including the oath of impartiality that commits him to serving the interests of all people in Norfolk.