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 2,852[1]
Volunteers 251[2]
Annual budget £146.8 million[3]
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 5,370 km² (2,074 square miles)
Population 859,400
Legal jurisdiction England & Wales
Constituting instrument Police Act 1996
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Wymondham
Constables 1,515 (additionally 251 are special constables)[4]
Police Community Support Officers 171[5]
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.[6]


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.[7] 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.

21st century[edit]

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.[8] 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.[citation needed]

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.[9] It has since reverted to the polo shirt.

Officers killed in the line of duty[edit]

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