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Extra week to have your say on the county’s policing budget

The consultation, launched by PCC Lorne Green at a public meeting in Great Yarmouth last month, was due to close today, but the Commissioner has pushed the deadline for responses to next Friday 16 December.

“I have been delighted by the large number of people who have already had their say via my online survey, commenting on Twitter and Facebook, and by telephoning, emailing and writing to me and most important, at public meetings and on the street,” said the PCC.

“Over the last four weeks I’ve had the opportunity to meet with residents in different parts of the county to explore their views. From Great Yarmouth, Sheringham and Aylsham, to King’s Lynn and Mulbarton, people have embraced the chance to share their opinions on whether the policing element of the council tax they pay should stay at last year’s levels or be increased by 2%.

“Many people I’ve spoken to are well aware of the current financial challenges and crime demands facing our police, and they have shared with me their vision for policing in Norfolk. They understand that financing our police service is a balancing act, but they have been very open with me about what they want and need from their police service, and what they are and are not willing to compromise on.

“With 40% of our policing budget coming direct from Norfolk tax payers’ pockets it is no surprise that so many people have wanted to share their views, and I am very grateful to everyone who has taken the time to do so. I feel that community conversation is still going on though and, having launched the consultation a little earlier than in previous years, I’ve got the option to let it run a bit longer before I have to make a decision.

“I’d urge anyone who hasn’t yet made their views known to take the chance now. The consultation will close next Friday and then I’ll start the work of preparing my proposals for next year’s policing budget.”

The consultation will close at 5pm on Friday 16 December. People can share their views here, by emailing, telephoning 01953 424455, or writing to the Commissioner at OPCCN, Building 8, Falconers Chase, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 0WW.