Norfolk Constabulary

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Norfolk Constabulary
Common name Norfolk Police

Logo of the Norfolk Constabulary
Motto Our Priority is You
Agency overview
Formed 1839
Preceding agencies
Employees 2,809[1]
Volunteers 271[1]
Annual budget £131.3 million[1]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Police area of Norfolk in the country of England, UK
Map of police area
Size 5,371 km²
Population 850,800
Legal jurisdiction England & Wales
Constituting instrument Police Act 1996
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Wymondham
Constables 1,515 (of which 291 are special constables)[2]
Police Community Support Officers 171[1]
Police and Crime Commissioner responsible Lorne Green
Agency executive Simon Bailey, Chief Constable
* Police area agency: Prescribed geographic area in the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

Norfolk Constabulary is the territorial police force responsible for the county of Norfolk in England. In March 2016 the force had a strength of 1,515 constables, 1,023 Police Staff, 291 special constables, 171 PCSOs.


Norfolk Constabulary was founded in 1839 under the County Police Act 1839, and was one of the first county forces to be formed.

20th century

In 1965, it had an establishment of 636 officers and an actual strength of 529.[3]

In 1968 it amalgamated with Norwich City Police and Great Yarmouth Borough Police to form Norfolk Joint Constabulary. In 1974 it returned to the name Norfolk Constabulary.

21st century

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.[4] 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.[5] It has since reverted back to the polo shirt.

Officers killed in the line of duty

The following officers of Norfolk Constabulary are just two of those from the force that have been killed in the line of duty:[6]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4
  2. "Tables for 'Police workforce, England and Wales, 31 March 2013". HM Government. Office for National Statistics. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  3. The Thin Blue Line, Police Council for Great Britain Staff Side Claim for Undermanning Supplements, 1965
  4. "UK | UK Politics | Police forces 'to be cut to 24'". BBC News. 2006-03-20. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  5. "Norfolk police uniform shirts set for switch". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  6. Lest we Forget. Norfolk Constabulary, 5 December 2006. Internet Archive. Retrieved 2 February 2016.


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