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Norfolk Constabulary

Norfolk Constabulary provides policing services to the county of Norfolk. The police force area covers 2,077 square miles with approximately 100 miles of coastline in East Anglia. Although there are some highly affluent areas, Norfolk has a high level of poverty. Around 0.9 million people live in a predominantly rural setting. Its distinct and generally small urban areas include the city of Norwich, as well as the towns of Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn. The resident population is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit, socialise in, or travel through the county each year. The transport infrastructure includes an airport and sea ports.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Zoë Billingham is HMI for Norfolk
  • HMIC region: The constabulary is in HMIC’s Eastern region

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PEEL Assessment

This is HMIC’s second assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with which Norfolk Constabulary keeps people safe and reduces crime. PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) gives you information about how your local police force is performing in several important areas. It does this in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year-on-year.

The extent to which Norfolk Constabulary is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which Norfolk Constabulary is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is outstanding.

The extent to which Norfolk Constabulary is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

This year, for the first time, we have assessed leadership across the force. The assessment has led to a narrative rather than graded judgment, which is summarised below.

Read more about my assessment of Norfolk Constabulary’s performance this year, including where I would like to see improvements next year.

Find out more about your force's annual assessment

HMIC’s role in inspecting this force

HMIC independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence. We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

Inspections in Norfolk

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.





Key facts

Force Area

2,077 square miles


0.88m people 7% local 10 yr change


76% frontline 78% national level
3.2 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
9% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.04 per person 0.05 national level
Local 5 year trend (no change) National 5 year trend (no change)


50p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Police and crime plan priorities

Objectives for Crime and Disorder Reduction in Norfolk

  1. Reduce priority crime, anti-social behaviour (ASB) and reoffending
  2. Reduce vulnerability, promote equality and support victims
  3. Reduce the need for service through preventative and restorative approaches and more joined-up working with partners, protecting the availability of frontline resources

Norfolk PCC

Lorne Green


Norfolk Constabulary


Chief Constable Simon Bailey, appointed in October 2013

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