Chief Constable Paul Sanford signing "the promise" for White Ribbon Day. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Norfolk’s Chief Constable has pledged his support to an initiative which is calling for an end to violence against women and girls.

To mark White Ribbon Day today (Thursday), Paul Sanford and senior officers from across the force will be wearing white ribbons and for the following “16 Days of Action”.

White Ribbon UK is a charity which aims to end men’s violence against women by engaging with men and boys and asking them to “promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women”.

Mr Sanford said: “White Ribbon Day further underlines the commitment we need to make as a society to tackle violence against women and girls. The focus is on men to make the promise which is important given the nature of the violence we see on a daily basis.

“We know, following recent events, including the murder of Sarah Everard, that violence against women and girls is a major concern. We are continuing to target areas flagged to us on the StreetSafe online tool as feeling unsafe with proactive patrols.

“We are increasing the resources we dedicate towards these crimes and improving the training of our officers so that we respond effectively.”

The hashtags #WhiteRibbon #AllMenCan and #MakeThePromise will be used today  and throughout the 16 Days of Action.

The StreetSafe online tool was launched by the Home Office so the public can highlight those areas they are feeling unsafe in their local areas. You can access the tool here.

More information about White Ribbon Day can be found at the link here. While it is aimed at men, everyone is encouraged to wear a white ribbon.