December 11 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Norfolk police’s current Deputy Chief Constable has been recommended for promotion to lead the force by the county’s police and crime commissioner.
PCC Stephen Bett has announced that, following a recruitment process, Simon Bailey has been selected as his preferred choice of Chief Constable for Norfolk.
The nomination will now be referred to the Police and Crime Panel for confirmation at their meeting on October 25.
Mr Bett said: “He has proved himself to be highly competent in all his Association of Chief Police Officers roles to date. I am confident that Simon is the right person to take the Norfolk Constabulary forward in these challenging times.
“He is an excellent leader and I will look to him to ensure that Norfolk remains an exemplary force driving through efficiencies and economies whilst keeping us in good shape for the future and maintaining the county as one of the safest counties in England. I hope that the Police & Crime Panel will endorse my choice.”
Mr Bailey has been Norfolk’s interim chief since June, when he took over from Phil Gormley who left after three years in the role to take up the post of deputy director general of the National Crime Agency.
He has served with Norfolk Constabulary for more than 25 years, and earlier this year said he has been “proud” to be interim chief but insisted he wanted to take on the position full-time, saying it would be the pinnacle of his career.
Mr Bailey said today: “I am truly delighted to be chosen as the preferred candidate for the role.”
If confirmed it will be the first Chief Constable appointment in the history of Norfolk Constabulary of an officer who has risen through the ranks from Police Constable to Chief.
The recruitment process included psychometric testing, scrutiny with a stakeholder panel prior to formal interview involving Sir Hugh Orde (president of ACPO), Ms Laura McGillivray (chief executive, Norwich City Council), Jenny McKibben (deputy PCC), Stephen Bett (PCC for Norfolk) advised by head of Staff, Chris Harding.