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Norfolk's PCC poses questions to the Chief Constable

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has held his first accountability meeting of 2023 with the Chief Constable and senior colleagues. 

The PCC Accountability Meeting (PAM) was hosted by PCC Giles Orpen-Smellie on Tuesday 31 January. 

The meeting came only days after the release of the latest crime statistics by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and gave Giles the opportunity to publicly question and challenge Chief Constable Paul Sanford about the delivery of policing in Norfolk.  

It is the first time this year Giles has hosted a PAM where questions raised by members of the public can also be posed to Mr Sanford and colleagues. 

Based on correspondence into his office, Giles used the occasion to question Mr Sanford on a number of areas including rural crime, public confidence in the police, digital forensics and call handling.

The quarterly PCC Accountability Meetings (PAM) have been set up to allow Giles to publicly question, challenge and hold the Chief Constable and senior officers directly to account for their delivery of policing in the county.  

PCC Giles Orpen-Smellie, said: “My previous accountability meetings have helped to highlight just how much residents in Norfolk really care about their local communities and have a lot to ask of their local police.  

“It is really important to me and to local residents that our police are delivering the best possible service and it is by seeking answers to concerns or worries that we can understand what is working well and where improvements can be made.” 

Other items on the agenda for the meeting included reports from the constabulary on the six priority areas set within the PCC’s Police, Crime and Community Safety Plan

  • Sustain Norfolk Constabulary  
  • Visible and Trusted Policing  
  • Tackling Crime  
  • Prevent Offending  
  • Support Victims 
  • Safer and Stronger Communities  

A recording of the meeting is now available on our PCC Accountability Meeting webpage

Information and recording of the meeting

The next PCC Accountability Meeting will take place on Wednesday 19 April from 2pm. The event will be held in the Conference Room, at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Building 7, Jubilee House, Falconers Chase, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 0WW.