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New Norfolk Police boss striving to improve on first day in top job

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The new boss of Norfolk Police says he is building on strong foundations as he takes up the force's top job.

From today, Paul Sanford will act as the county's Chief Constable until a permanent replacement for the retiring Simon Bailey is appointed.

Mr Sanford, who has been Deputy Chief Constable since 2019, has served in Norfolk throughout his entire 22-year policing career.

And he says his aim is to make services even better.

He said: "I will have a focus on improving our service and protecting our communities from harm.

"The role of Chief Constable is to provide leadership, support and direction which enables our officers and staff to provide the best possible service to all of our communities.

"Whilst the years ahead will have its challenges – including financial uncertainty and increasing complexity in certain crimes – the future of Norfolk Police is very much focussed on providing the public the exceptional service they want and the protection they need.

"I want to ensure we are a police force which is visible and accessible to all. It is important we engage and connect with our communities to understand their issues and concerns in order to make people feel safe.

"It is also important we work together to solve those issues and prevent crime from happening in the first place.

"But most importantly, I want to ensure Norfolk Constabulary provides the exceptional service Norfolk’s communities want and a standard of policing local communities can have confidence in.”

The appointment of a permanent replacement for Mr Bailey is the biggest issue facing the county's police and crime commissioner, Giles Orpen-Smellie, following his election victory in May.

He said: "This is a process that will take some time and whilst it is ongoing, I am grateful to DCC Sanford for stepping up and taking on this leadership role.

"I am confident that Norfolk Constabulary is in safe hands during this period of time and know that Mr Sanford is well placed to lead the force and draw on his many years of experience in the county and the police service.

"We in Norfolk have a police service that we can be proud of and I am confident that I can move forward with this permanent recruitment process whilst knowing our force retains a clear sense of direction and commitment to the people of our county."

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