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Norfolk Police chief says he wants 'a new culture' in the force

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The Acting Chief Constable of Norfolk Police has been given the job on a permanent basis after outlining his aim to introduce a "new culture" to the force.

Paul Sanford was confirmed in the job following a meeting of the county's police and crime panel yesterday.

He has held the job on an acting basis since July, following the retirement of his predecessor, Simon Bailey.

Norfolk Police's new chief constable, Paul Sanford.
Norfolk Police's new chief constable, Paul Sanford.

He told the panel: “It is my belief there has never been a time of greater importance to choose the right Chief Constable of Norfolk.

“Now more than ever we need a trusted, competent and inspirational leader.

“My vision in one simple sentence is ‘exceptional policing for Norfolk.’”

He went on: “It is my wish to instil a new culture and approach. The future will be different.

“This is a new dawn and I am very confident I’m the right man to lead us through these challenging times.”

Mr Sanford was recommended for the role by the county's police and crime commissioner, Giles Orpen-Smellie.

He had announced Mr Sanford was his preferred candidate last month.

He said: “Myself and my team were at great pains to ensure the process was a fair, open, transparent and demanding one.

“Thanks to that process I have no hesitation in recommending Mr Sanford as my preferred candidate. If I had any doubt, I would not be here today.”

Mr Sanford will take up the role with immediate effect.

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