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PCC invites residents to pose policing and crime questions to Norfolk’s Chief Constable for April Accountability Meeting

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Giles Orpen-Smellie is holding an in-public meeting where questions submitted by Norfolk’s residents will be put to the county’s Chief Constable. The quarterly PCC Accountability Meeting (PAM) will take place on Wednesday, 19 April at the Office of the Police Crime Commissioner for Norfolk from 2pm to 5pm.

This meeting will 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, particularly against the priorities outlined in the PCC’s Police, Crime and Community Safety Plan for 2022-24. This will be the first public meeting since the publication of Baroness Casey’s independent review into the standards of behaviour and internal culture of the Metropolitan Police Service.

The session will also be recorded and added to the OPCCN website to ensure those who are unable to attend can watch it at a time to suit them and hear the answers to questions that have been submitted.

This meeting enables the constabulary to provide reports to Giles on their performance against the priorities laid out in his Police, Crime and Community Safety Plan which are:

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

Questions must be submitted prior to the meeting as the PCC and Chief Constable will not be taking them from the floor. The PCC is encouraging people to share their questions with him no later than 5pm on Tuesday 4 April 2023 via the OPCCN website, by email or by post.

Giles said: “I will be delighted to welcome Norfolk residents to our office in Wymondham. It’s extremely important that the Chief Constable and I are visible and accountable, and these face-to-face meetings mean that anyone can raise issues that are important to them. The questions we receive are a useful temperature check on what is affecting people and where they think our priorities should lie.

“Following my recent blog, which focusses on the independent review into the standards of the Metropolitan Police Service, I expect Baroness Casey’s report will garner more interest into the behaviour and internal culture of all constabularies across the country.

“My role, acting on behalf of the public who elected me, is to scrutinise how the Chief Constable plans to apply Baroness Casey’s findings here in Norfolk. I can be very clear that this report is not another warning, it is not a document that can be scanned and plonked on a shelf to gather dust, it requires careful consideration and decisive action.”

People are welcome to attend the meeting in person – guidelines on how you can attend are available on the website. It will also be recorded and published on the OPCCN website. 

Where questions cannot be answered at the PAM, an answer will be provided and published on the OPCCN website within ten working days after the meeting.

Questions can be submitted by in the following ways:

Anyone who lives, works or studies in Norfolk can submit one question at each PCC Accountability Meeting, limited to a maximum of 100 words. Questions must relate to policing priorities in your area or within the county and you must provide your name, address and contact telephone number.

Full details of how to submit a question can be found here 

Read Giles Orpen-Smellie’s blog here