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Norfolk confirms DCC with 20-year career in the same force

Deputy chief constable confirmed in full time post after performing temporary role for more than 12 months
Published - 18/12/2019 By - Chris Smith

Paul Sanford has been coinfirmed as the new deputy chief constable of Norfolk having first joined the force 20 years ago.

DCC Sanford has risen through the ranks starting as a uniformed constable in Norwich and taking on detective roles before being promoted to Superintendent in 2008.

More recently, he spent three years running the National Police Chief’s Council Protection and Abuse Investigation Working Group which has co-ordinated the national policing response to internet-enabled child abuse.

He was the police lead for the implementation and rollout 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.

He was made Temporary Deputy Chief Constable in September 2018.

DCC Sanford has a Master's Degree in Police Leadership and Management from The University of Leicester.

The appointment continues the trend of recruiting for senior ranks within a force – a practice which HM Inspectorate has said should be reviewed in future.

The post was advertised externally and DCC Sanford was the only applicant.

Norfolk’s Chief Constable Simon Bailey said his extensive experience at national level had been key to the appointment.

Mr Bailey said: "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.”

Child exploitation is a critical issue, including County Lines gang activity. Figures from the Mayor of London revealed earlier this year that Norfolk is the top target. Between January 2018 and April 2019, 416 people from London were linked to county lines in Norfolk, including 167 in Norwich and 34 in Great Yarmouth.

Commenting on his promotion, DCC Sanford said: "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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