Norfolk Constabulary confirms new DCC

Paul Sanford has been confirmed as the new deputy chief constable at Norfolk Constabulary having held the post on a temporary basis for the past 14 months.

Dec 19, 2019
By Paul Jacques
Paul Sanford

He will take up the position formally on January 1, 2020.

Mr Sanford has held a number of positions within the force during his 20-year career, including uniform and detective roles at all ranks from constable to superintendent. He was promoted to superintendent in 2008.

More recently, he spent three years running the National Police Chiefs’ Council Protection and Abuse Investigation Working Group, coordinating the national policing response to the rising concern about child sexual abuse and the growth of internet-enabled abuse.

During this time, Mr Sanford was the police lead for the implementation and roll-out of the new Child Abuse Image Database (CAID) and was a panel member for the Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment led by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England.

In April 2018 he was appointed assistant chief constable for local policing before becoming temporary deputy chief constable in September of that year.

He has a master’s degree in police leadership and management, gained at The University of Leicester.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey said he was “delighted” to permanently appoint Mr Sanford, adding: “Not only does he bring a wealth of policing experience at a national and local level, he also has been at the heart of developing and delivering my 2020 policing plans, which have ensured Norfolk Constabulary has maintained its status as one of the best performing police forces in the country.”

Mr Sanford said: “I am delighted to have been appointed deputy chief constable having enjoyed undertaking this role on a temporary basis for the last 14 months. It is a privilege to work alongside such a talented team of officers and staff all of whom are committed to making Norfolk Constabulary a high performing force. I look forward to the many challenges ahead of us and to providing the best possible service to the communities of Norfolk.”

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