Search on for new chief as police commissioner visits West Norfolk
Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner has launched the process of recruiting the county’s next chief constable.
Giles Orpen-Smellie set out his aims for the appointment this week as he visited Lynn and Downham as part of a consultation process on plans for his own role.
A permanent appointment is needed following the retirement of Simon Bailey in June and top-level officers from across the country are being invited to put their names forward.
Paul Sanford is the current acting chief constable.
A two-day recruitment process is planned for early October, after which Mr Orpen-Smellie is due to present his preferred candidate to the county’s Police and Crime Panel before any appointment is confirmed.
Mr Orpen-Smellie said the appointment of Mr Bailey’s permanent successor was one of the biggest decisions of his term in office.
He added: “I am looking for someone with vision, determination and resilience – someone who will lead the Constabulary with passion and purpose, and inspire existing and future police officers and staff.
“The right person will be able to lead change but also work in collaboration to deliver my Police and Crime Plan, including my vision of a local policing service that keeps people safe and protects the vulnerable in the most effective and efficient manner.
“It’s a first-class opportunity for someone to make a real difference to the communities of Norfolk but, to get to that point, candidates are going to be put through their paces as, quite rightly, it’s a very thorough process.”
Mr Orpen-Smellie’s comments came as he met residents in Downham town centre and outside the Tesco store on Lynn’s Hardwick estate on Wednesday afternoon, as part of an ongoing tour of the county during consultations on his Police and Crime Plan proposal.
It is proposing six main priorities - increased capacity for “visible and effective policing”; tackling high harm crime such as domestic violence, drug and sexual offences; disrupting organised crime; adopting a new code of victims’ rights; safer roads and greater efforts to prevent and reduce crime.
An online consultation on the commissioner’s plan remains open via www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk/police-and-crime-plan/consultation/ until next Friday, August 20.