Former children's services head to fight Norfolk police commissioner election
A former senior Norfolk County Council official is to stand in the county's delayed police and crime commissioner election next year.
The poll is due to take in May, a year later than scheduled, after all elections were postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.
Now, Michael Rosen, the county's former director of children's services, has been nominated as Labour's candidate to succeed Lorne Green in the role.
Mr Green, of Snettisham, who won the position for the Conservatives in 2016, confirmed two years ago that he would not seek re-election.
Mr Rosen said he was "delighted" to receive the party's nomination.
He added: "I’m looking forward to getting out and about across Norfolk when we can do so safely, to show local people why I’m the best choice to be the next Police and Crime Commissioner.
“I have worked directly on community safety priorities including reducing youth violence, safeguarding vulnerable people, and tackling domestic abuse.
“If elected I will be relentless in the fight against crime. I will work with communities across Norfolk to make sure that together we can tackle criminals and keep us all safe."
He added: “As well as cracking down on crime I will ensure there is real help for victims. I will continue the support provided by community groups across Norfolk.
“I will work proactively with all staff, and the Police Federation, to ensure they feel supported and valued.
“I will tirelessly press central government for the level of resources Norfolk Police need and make sure that other services play their part in keeping Norfolk safe.”
The Conservatives nominated former Army officer Giles Orpen-Smellie as their candidate last September. No other candidates have so far been nominated.