Norfolk Constabulary

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Norfolk Constabulary
Common name Norfolk Police
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Logo of the Norfolk Constabulary
Motto Our Priority is You
Agency overview
Formed 1839
Preceding agencies
Employees 8,350[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
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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 1,544 (of which 291 are special constables)[2]
Police Community Support Officers 274[1]
Police and Crime Commissioner responsible Stephen Bett
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 2009 the force had a strength of 1,668 police officers, 243 Special Constables, 277 PCSOs and just over 1,300 police staff.[3]


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.[4]

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.

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.[5] 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.[6]

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 in November 2012.[7]

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.[8]

Plans to merge the control rooms serving Norfolk and Suffolk police and save £1.85m, have been scrapped. At a meeting the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said the risks were too great. Mr Passmore told the Norfolk/Suffolk collaboration panel, there was a lack of confidence in a joint control room which would have been based in Norfolk. Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Bett said he was "disappointed" the merger had been scrapped. Mr Passmore has previously raised concerns about the business case for the merger which he had called "fundamentally flawed". [9]

Officers killed in the line of duty[edit]

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:[10]

  • PC Charles William Alger, 1909 (shot)
  • PC Robert Craig Orr McLaren, 1981 (his vehicle crashed during a police pursuit)

See also[edit]



  • 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

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