Former Army officer seeks police commissioner role
A general election may be on hold for the time being, but the first contender to take the role of Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner has been announced.
The current incumbent, Snettisham’s Lorne Green, announced last year that he would not seek re-election when his term ends next May.
Now ,the Conservatives, for whom Mr Green was elected in 2016, have named Giles Orpen-Smellie as their candidate to replace him.
The former Army officer was chosen by party members last Friday and said he was “delighted” to be nominated.
He said: “People living and working across Norfolk want to feel safe on the streets and in their homes.
“If elected, working closely with the Chief Constable, I will do everything I can to support the police in keeping our communities safe.”
Police numbers has been a hot political topic in recent weeks following the government’s announcement of its intention to recruit 20,000 new officers nationally.
Although critics have argued that will barely restore officer numbers to pre-2010 levels, Mr Orpen-Smellie says the pledge shows his party’s commitment to law and order.
He added: “I want to work to ensure Norfolk gets its fair share of new officers and continues to get the investment needed for existing officers to continue their work to keep people across the county safe.”
The commissioner election is due to take place next May.