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Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is kick-starting the new year with a public question and answer event in Thetford.
On Thursday 16 January, PCC Lorne Green will be joined by Norfolk’s Chief Constable, Simon Bailey, for the Q&A which will give people the opportunity to share views, issues or concerns about crime and policing in the Breckland area.
Regular Q&A events are held across Norfolk as part of the PCC’s pledge to give the public access to the county’s senior officers while ensuring he and the wider police service are visible, accessible and accountable to all.
“These events provide a unique opportunity for people to address their questions, concerns and ideas directly to the people in charge of the county’s policing service – something the Norfolk public has really welcomed,” said Lorne.
“As Norfolk’s PCC, it is important I continue to listen and take on board the feedback people have about policing in the county. It’s public input like that which helps me fulfil the different responsibilities which come with my role – including setting the county’s Police and Crime Plan, providing victim support services and holding our police force to account on behalf of the communities it serves.”
The event will also provide a final opportunity for Norfolk residents to take part in the PCC’s annual budget consultation which closes on 17 January.
The PCC launched the month-long public consultation on 16 December to find out whether people would be willing to pay more council tax to help build a safer and more resilient Norfolk. A survey has been running online at www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk, with the PCC also spending time in each of the county’s districts to gather views from residents.
“I will soon need to set the policing budget for the coming year. It is imperative to me that I hear the views of as many Norfolk residents as I can to ensure I can make a fully informed decision.
“If you haven’t already had your say, and can’t make the meeting in Thetford, I would urge you to take a look at the information on the Norfolk PCC website and share your views through my online survey.”
The policing and crime Q&A will be held on Thursday 16 January at The Bell Hotel in King Street, Thetford, IP24 2AZ from 6pm.