|Common name||Norfolk Police|
|Logo of the Norfolk Constabulary.|
|Motto||Our Priority is You|
|Annual budget||£131.3 million|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||Police area of Norfolk in the country of England, UK|
|Map of police area|
|Legal jurisdiction||England & Wales|
|Constituting instrument||Police Act 1996|
|Constables||1,544 (of which 291 are special constables)|
|Police Community Support Officers||274|
|Police and Crime Commissioner responsible||Stephen Bett|
|Agency executive||Simon Bailey, Temp 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 2009 the force had a strength of 1,668 police officers, 243 Special Constables, 277 PCSOs and just over 1,300 police staff.
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.
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.
In response to plans drawn up in January 2013, talks are now being held with the hopes that Suffolk Constabulary's control room will merge with Norfolk Constabulary's in Wymondham. This will potentially mean the loss of 134 jobs from Suffolk's current control room in Martlesham.
Officers killed in the line of duty
The Police Memorial Trust lists and commemorates all British police officers killed in the line of duty, and since its establishment in 1984 has erected over 38 memorials to some of those officers.
Since 1900, the following officers of Norfolk Constabulary are listed by the Trust as having been killed while attempting to prevent, stop or solve a criminal act:
- PC Charles William Alger, 1909 (shot)
- PC Robert Craig Orr McLaren, 1981 (his vehicle crashed during a police pursuit)
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- Norfolk Constabulary :: Welcome
- 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
- Norfolk Constabulary
- 'Beatwise', Norfolk Constabulary's youth website for teenagers between 13-18.
- 'Wisekids', Norfolk Constabulary's youth website for children aged between 7-12.
- Norfolk Constabulary Official Twitter page
- Norfolk Constabulary Official Facebook page
- Norfolk Constabulary Official YouTube page