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PCC statement on Norfolk Chief Constable's retirement

Norfolk Constabulary’s Chief Constable Simon Bailey has announced he will retire in June after completing 35 years’ service with the police.

Lorne Green, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Norfolk, said: “The Chief Constable of Norfolk, Simon Bailey, has notified me of his decision to retire from the force on 30 June 2021. 

“Over the past eight years, Mr Bailey has led Norfolk Constabulary with dedication and a commitment to deliver the best in policing for our county.

“Mr Bailey has been an inspirational and courageous leader with a clear vision on how to re-fashion policing in Norfolk to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

“His 2020 programme for change has made our constabulary one of the best in the country and he is recognised locally, regionally and nationally as one of the top police officers.

“His national leadership over many years on Operation Hydrant, addressing issues of child sexual abuse, has been nothing short of exceptional. 

“He will leave the force in a strong position, as one of the few recognised nationally as outstanding for efficiency; a legacy of which he can be proud and one that will enable his successor to continue to ensure Norfolk Constabulary maintains its reputation for excellence. 

“In line with my responsibility as PCC, and to ensure continuity, I can confirm that Deputy Chief Constable Paul Sanford will take on the role of Temporary Chief Constable as of 1 July 2021.

“Following the elections in May, it will be the duty of the new PCC to appoint a permanent Chief Constable and Mr Sanford will hold the temporary role until that time. 

“Having joined Norfolk Constabulary in 1999, Mr Sanford has more than 20 years' experience as a police officer and I have absolute confidence in his outstanding leadership qualities and understanding of modern policing to support a new Police and Crime Commissioner coming into office.”