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PCC begins search for Norfolk’s new permanent Chief Constable

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Giles Orpen-Smellie, has begun the process of recruiting a new Chief Constable to lead the county’s police force.

Following the retirement of former Chief Constable Simon Bailey earlier this summer, Giles is now looking to appoint someone to take on Norfolk’s most senior policing role on a permanent basis.

The PCC has opened the recruitment process to eligible candidates - existing Chief Constables, Deputy Chief Constables and Assistant Chief Constables (and equivalent ranks) around the country and beyond - who want to be considered for the post.

"Norfolk Constabulary is in need of a new Chief Constable and I’m pleased to now be able to confirm that the process for that appointment has begun”, Giles said.

“Since taking office in May, I have been clear that one of the most important responsibilities I will fulfil as PCC is the permanent appointment of a new Chief Constable for Norfolk. It’s a big decision, one that is massively important for the future of policing in our county, and it’s vital we get the right person for the job.

“I am looking for someone with vision, determination and resilience – someone who will lead the Constabulary with passion and purpose, and inspire existing and future police officers and staff.

“The right person will be able to lead change but also work in collaboration to deliver my Police and Crime Plan, including my vision of a local policing service that keeps people safe and protects the vulnerable in the most effective and efficient manner.

“It’s a first-class opportunity for someone to make a real difference to the communities of Norfolk but, to get to that point, candidates are going to be put through their paces as, quite rightly, it’s a very thorough process.”

That process will take place over a two-day period in early October and include a series of assessments, and stakeholder panels consisting of community and local agency representatives.

As PCC, the final appointment decision will rest with Giles and he will then present his preferred candidate to become Norfolk’s new permanent Chief Constable to the county’s Police and Crime Panel.

The Panel, made up of councillors and independent members, is responsible for scrutinising the work of the PCC and will have the opportunity to ask questions about the recruitment process and the PCC’s preferred candidate before the appointment becomes official.

The deadline for applications is Monday September 13 at 5pm.