Chief constable Simon Bailey is to retire at the end of June. Picture: Norfolk Police

Norfolk’s chief constable is to retire in June after 35 years’ service with the police, he announced this week.

Simon Bailey has led the force for the last eight years and since 2014 he has held the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) portfolio for child protection and abuse investigations. 

Since 2016, he has also been the NPCC lead for violence and public protection.

Mr Bailey said he had been extremely proud to lead the Norfolk force.

“However, after 35 years in policing, the time has now come to look to pastures new.  So, following careful consideration, I have made the decision to retire on Wednesday, June 30.

“During my tenure as chief constable, the force has faced many challenges, including the last year policing in a pandemic, and I am indebted to the support given to me from a dedicated and talented team of chief officers, alongside that of our Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green.

“I also want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of my officers and staff for their hard work, commitment and dedication in policing our county and making Norfolk Constabulary a force to be truly proud of.

“As the NPCC lead for child protection, violence and public protection, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a dedicated and passionate group of people, responsible for leading our service’s response to some of the biggest challenges within law enforcement today. 

“Together, I believe we have made a real difference and I’m immensely proud of the work we have achieved.” 

Reacting to the news, announced on Wednesday, Norfolk County Council leader Andrew Proctor said: “I’d like to thank Simon for his tireless work to keep our communities safe.

“He has been a strong leader locally and has played a prominent role nationally.

“I have enjoyed working closely with Simon and his team and I wish him well for the future.”