December 8 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Norfolk’s proposed chief constable has vowed he wants to be in post for the next five years and beyond.
Councillors on Norfolk’s police and crime panel met to review the proposed appointment of Simon Bailey as the county’s new chief constable after he was commended by police and crime commissioner Stephen Bett.
Mr Bett said Mr Bailey was the fifth such appointment he had personally been involved with over the past 17 years but told the panel he had “complete faith” Mr Bailey was “the right person for the job now and for the next five or more years”.
He also told the panel at yesterday’s meeting at County Hall that, if confirmed, Mr Bailey would be the first person to have risen from constable to chief constable in the same force in England and Wales in modern policing times.
He said: “I believe he is both ready and able to undertake the challenge of running the force. That was not only my opinion, but also the unanimous view of the stakeholder panel and the advisory appointment panel.”
Mr Bailey, who has been interim chief constable since June after the departure of former chief Phil Gormley, said: “I have Norfolk Constabulary running through me to my core and know what it’s going to take over the next five years to meet the challenges the organisation is going to face and continue to improve the quality of service to our communities.”
Mr Bailey, who emphasised the importance of continued collaboration, assured the panel he wanted to stay in post for five years and “probably beyond”.
He will be informed in writing in the coming days about the decision.