Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Bett has said he is delighted to be able to welcome Simon Bailey as the county’s new Chief Constable.
Following a confirmatory hearing with the Police and Crime Panel on 25 October, Stephen has now received a recommendation from the Panel’s Chairman that he proceed with the appointment.
“I am delighted that, after robust scrutiny at Friday’s hearing, the Panel has endorsed Simon’s appointment. It was a unanimous decision which, I believe, sends a strong message of support, not just for my choice, but for Simon too. I thank the Panel for the way they have considered this matter.
“Appointing a Chief Constable to lead our county’s police force is one of the most important decisions I will make as Norfolk’s PCC. I have complete faith that Simon is the right person for the job now, and for the next five or more years.
“I welcome Simon as the new substantive Chief Constable of Norfolk Constabulary. I am confident he will do me, the staff and officers of the Constabulary and the people of Norfolk, proud.”
Speaking of his appointment, Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: “I am delighted that my recommendation to be Chief Constable by Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Bett was unanimously endorsed by the Police and Crime panel on Friday. I can now look forward to the next five years delivering the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan and meeting the challenges that are ahead of us. I do not underestimate the scale of the task ahead of me but I am confident we are well-placed to respond and continue to deliver the quality of service that our communities have come to expect.”