|Common name||Norfolk Police|
Logo of the Norfolk Constabulary
|Motto||Our Priority is You|
|Annual budget||£146.8 million|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||Police area of Norfolk in the country of England, UK|
|Map of police area|
|Size||5,370 km² (2,074 square miles)|
|Legal jurisdiction||England & Wales|
|Constituting instrument||Police Act 1996|
|Constables||1,515 (additionally 251 are special constables)|
|Police Community Support Officers||171|
|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, 915 police staff, 251 special constables and 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.
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.
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:
- 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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