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PCC tours county to speak to residents about policing in Norfolk

Keen to know more about policing in Norfolk? If so, why not pop along to speak directly to your Police and Crime Commissioner Giles Orpen-Smellie. 

Giles is holding a series of engagement events across the county over the coming weeks to chat to residents about the current and future challenges facing policing in Norfolk. 

His next event is due to take place in Downham Market Library on Friday 4 November between 10am and 2pm. 

Giles will be at the library with local officers and is keen to speak to as many people as possible about any policing concerns, they may have, while gauging public opinion and perception of the police and highlighting resourcing challenges and requirements. 

PCC Giles Orpen-Smellie, said: “The aim of the events is for me to speak to as many residents as possible about any issues they may have while explaining the demands on policing and challenges my policing colleagues face currently and in the future. 

“To ensure I can truly understand public opinion and perception of the police locally, it is crucial I visit local areas to better understand grass route issues and explain the role of myself and police colleagues in addressing such matters.” 

The event comes on the back of a live question and answer session hosted by the PCC and Chief Constable Paul Sanford in Norwich last week. 

The Q&A was one of three Giles and the Chief Constable have planned for this autumn. 

The next face-to-face event with the two of them will be in Great Yarmouth on Wednesday 16 November between 6pm to 8pm. 

All residents are welcome to attend the event in The Supper Room at Great Yarmouth Town Hall, Hall Plain, NR30 2QF. 

“It is important to me as your PCC to carry out regular engagement events to meet face to face with residents, explain the current picture around policing in Norfolk and hear any feedback or concerns ahead of my budget consultation for 2023/24,” added Giles. 

“My Police, Crime and Community Safety Plan for Norfolk gives strategic direction for policing in the county. The plan was launched after public and stakeholder consultation with a series of six pillars identified as key areas of focus. My first is to ‘Sustain Norfolk Constabulary’ and this is what I must do. 

“The question-and-answer session is a perfect opportunity for residents to hear first-hand from myself and Paul Sanford and I would encourage as many people as possible to attend.” 

Prior to the Q&A on Wednesday 16 November, Giles will also be at Gorleston Library between 10am and 2pm with local officers, talking to members of the public about policing in the area. 

Again, all are welcome to speak with Giles at the library in 1 Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, NR13 6QU. 

Come and meet your PCC: 

Friday 4 November, 10am to 2pm - Downham Market Library, 78 Priory Road, Downham Market, PE38 9JS. 

Wednesday 16 November, 10am to 2pm - Gorleston Library, 1 Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, NR13 6QU. 

Wednesday 16 November, 6pm to 8pm - The Supper Room, Great Yarmouth Town Hall, Hall Plain, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2QF.