Norfolk Constabulary is the territorial police force responsible for the county of Norfolk in England. In March 2020, the force had a strength of 1,602 police officers, 193 special constables, 1,166 police staff, and 138 volunteers.
|Common name||Norfolk Police|
|Motto||Our Priority is You|
|Employees||1,155 police staff March 2020|
|Volunteers||138 police volunteers March 2020|
|Operations jurisdiction||Norfolk, England|
|Map of police area|
|Size||5,370 km² (2,074 square miles)|
|Legal jurisdiction||England & Wales|
|Police and Crime Commissioner responsible|
Norfolk Constabulary was founded in 1839 under the County Police Act 1839, and was one of the first county forces to be formed.
In 1965, it had an establishment of 636 officers and an actual strength of 529. In 1968 it amalgamated with Norwich City Police and Great Yarmouth Borough Police to form the Norfolk Joint Constabulary. In 1974, it returned to the name Norfolk Constabulary.
Proposals made by the Home Secretary on 20 March 2006 would see the force merge with neighbouring forces Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Suffolk Constabulary to form a strategic police force for East Anglia. The Norfolk Police Authority was enthusiastic for the merger, but the neighbouring forces were not. With the announcement in July 2006 by the Home Office that the principle of merger was under review, the Norfolk Constabulary announced their intention to recruit a permanent Chief Constable, a process that they had delayed while merger was likely.
On 2 January 2007, Ian McPherson became the new Chief Constable of Norfolk Constabulary. Originally from Lancashire, his previous position was Deputy Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police.
In 2008, the force changed uniforms to black combat style trousers with a polo shirt but reverted to the more traditional white shirt and tie on a trial basis in November 2012. It has since reverted to the polo shirt.
- 1909–1915 : Major Egbert Napier
- 1915–1928 : ??
- 1928–1956 : Captain Stephen Hugh Van Neck
- 1965–1974 : (Frederick) Peter Collison Garland
- 1981–1990 : George Charlton
- 1990–1993 : Peter James Ryan
- 1993–2002 : Ken Williams
- 2002–2005 : Andrew Christopher Hayman
- 2005–2006 : Carole Howlett (acting)
- 2006–2009 : Ian McPherson
- 2010–2013 : Philip Gormley
- 2013–present : Simon Bailey
Officers killed in the line of duty
The Police Roll of Honour Trust and Police Memorial Trust list and commemorate all British police officers killed in the line of duty. Since its establishment in 1984, the Police Memorial Trust has erected 50 memorials nationally to some of those officers.
The following officers of Norfolk Constabulary are just two[clarification needed] of those from the force that have been killed in the line of duty:
- PC Charles William Alger, 1909 (shot)
- PC Robert Craig Orr McLaren, 1981 (his vehicle crashed during a police pursuit)
- Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner
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- Sian.Brooks (29 March 2018). "Police Chief pays tribute to PCSOs as 2020 plans take effect". Norfolk Constabulary. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
- The Thin Blue Line, Police Council for Great Britain Staff Side Claim for Undermanning Supplements, 1965
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- "Norfolk police uniform shirts set for switch". BBC News. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
- "Abolition of PCSOs plan going ahead". 29 March 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
- "Chief Constable Norfolk County Constabulary 1909-1915". Retrieved 19 June 2018.
- "Captain Stephen Hugh Van Neck CVO, MC, Chief Constable, Norfolk (1928–1956)". ARTUK. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
- Lest we Forget. Norfolk Constabulary, 5 December 2006. Internet Archive. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- A Movable Rambling Police: An Official History of Policing in Norfolk, by Brian David Butcher published by the Norfolk Constabulary and printed in King's Lynn in 1989 no ISBN