On 6 May 2021, Norfolk elected Giles Orpen-Smellie as its Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). As the new PCC, he will set crime and policing priorities for Norfolk through a Police and Crime Plan to cover the period of his term from 2021 to 2024. That plan will be published in due course. Until that time, the Police and Crime Plan 2016-20, and associated priorities, set by former PCC Lorne Green will remain in place.
Through the priorities set within the Police and Crime Plan, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) provides strategic direction for policing, criminal justice and community safety partners working to prevent crime and disorder, keep communities safe and support victims.
Within the Police and Crime Plan 2016-20, Norfolk's former PCC Lorne Green set out seven key priorities.
The seven key priorities are:
Increase visible policing
This priority focuses on increasing visible policing whilst bringing the community and police together. Strategic objectives in this priority area include:
- Increasing the number of volunteers in policing
- Increasing opportunities for the public to engage with the police and the PCC
- Bringing the community, including young people, and the police together to develop more positive relationships
- Giving people an opportunity to influence policing priorities where they live
- Increasing public confidence and reducing fear of being a victim of crime.
Support rural communities
This priority focuses on supporting our rural communities, along with more activity to increase visibility and improve confidence in rural areas. Strategic objectives in this priority area include:
- Prioritising rural crime with a greater commitment to new ideas and joined-up approaches
- Increasing confidence of rural communities
- Increasing levels of crime reporting in rural communities.
Improve road safety
This priority focuses on tackling dangerous driving through education and enforcement. Other strategic objectives in this priority area include:
- Reducing speeding in rural villages and communities
- Reducing Killed and Serious Injury (KSI) collisions caused by the Fatal 4 (speeding, using a mobile phone while driving, not wearing a seatbelt, driving while under the influence of drink or drugs).
This priority focuses on the reduction of offending in Norfolk by tackling all forms of violence and abuse, reducing vulnerability and supporting perpetrators through the reinforcement and creation of rehabilitative pathways. Other strategic objectives in this priority area include:
- Reducing the number of domestic abuse incidents
- Continuing to work in partnership to tackle anti-social behaviour
- Reducing overall levels of reoffending by addressing the underlying causes through continued collaboration and innovative responses
- Reducing the number of first-time entrants into the criminal justice system, the number of young adults entering custody and reoffending rates of young people by prioritising support for vulnerable young people.
Support victims and reduce vulnerability
This priority focuses on ensuring victims are respected and supported in the criminal justice system and that, wherever possible, there are services in place to help them to cope and recover from their experiences. Strategic objectives in this priority area include:
- Working to improve the overall experiences and outcomes for victims and witnesses
- Working in partnership to make those at risk less vulnerable to victimisation
- Working in partnership to deliver the most appropriate response to those in mental health crisis
- Working in partnership to reduce the impact of drugs and alcohol on communities, families and people at risk
- Supporting and encouraging victims and witnesses to come forward to disclose traditionally under-reported crimes including modern slavery, human trafficking, stalking and hate crime
Deliver a modern and innovative service
This priority focuses on ensuring that the police have the necessary tools so they can operate more productively, efficiently and safely using the 21st century technology available. Strategic objectives in this priority area include:
- Supporting the police by giving them the tools they need to fight and reduce crime
- Improving information technology network connectivity and investing in new technologies
- Improving information-sharing across partner agencies.
Good stewardship of taxpayers’ money
The PCC is responsible for setting the budget for policing in Norfolk, monitoring how that budget is used, and holding the Chief Constable to account for the spending of funds delegated for operational policing. Strategic objectives in this priority area include:
- Delivering an efficient policing service, achieving value for money for all Norfolk residents
- Joining up emergency services and identifying opportunities for further collaboration
- Developing robust accountability frameworks and governance arrangements.