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Simon Bailey - QPM, DL

Simon Bailey - QPM, DL President

Simon Bailey, QPM, DL is the former Chief Constable at Norfolk Constabulary where he served been a police officer for 35 years. Simon served as a trustee of the Marie Collins Foundation (MCF) between 2014 to 2019. On stepping down as trustee, Simon was delighted to take on the role of President of MCF, thereby continuing his support of the charity.

In 1998, he was seconded to the National Crime Squad managing covert operations at a national and international level targeting serious and organised crime gangs.

In 2000 he was further seconded to the Rosemary Nelson murder investigation based in Northern Ireland working there for three years before returning to Norfolk as Detective Superintendent leading the intelligence directorate.

In December 2005 Simon Bailey was promoted to the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent and became Head of Crime managing specialist crime and operations resources.

In June 2013 following successful appointments as Assistant Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable within Norfolk, Mr Bailey was promoted to Temporary Chief Constable and in September 2013 was appointed Chief.

In January 2014 Mr Bailey became the National Police Chiefs Council lead for Child Protection Abuse Investigation and in May 2016 became national lead for Violence and Public Protection.

He has a Master’s degree from Cambridge University and an honorary doctorate from Bedford University

In January 2016, he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service.

In June 2021, Mr Bailey retired from the constabulary but continues his work in the field of child protection. In his new roles he is the Chair of the Policing Institute for the East Region, Strategic Engagement Director for the Child Rescue Coalition, working for the Home Office and Homeland Security Group and is a trustee of the Norfolk Community Foundation.


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