Police and Crime Commissioner's third annual report
Written and funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk
The county’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Lorne Green, has published his third annual report on progress against Norfolk’s Police and Crime Plan.
On these pages, Lorne gives an overview of his work over the last 12 months. For more information, or to read the annual report in full, visit www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk
This last year has been a big one for policing in Norfolk, with the Chief Constable’s 2020 programme delivering restructure on a scale not seen in the county for a decade. There have been some significant changes to the way policing services are delivered – the implementation and impact of which I continue to monitor closely.
And the Norfolk public has played, and continues to play, an important part in that too – not least through sharing their views, questions and concerns about crime and policing at my public Q&A sessions with the Chief Constable.
One of the aims of the Norfolk 2020 programme was to increase the number of warranted police officers available to tackle the crimes causing the most harm to communities.
The new policing model created 97 additional frontline roles, and the process of recruiting to those posts is now complete. And the increase in this year’s police council tax helped fund more than 20 further personnel dedicated to local policing and working with schools.
It’s important that as well as having the right powers, our police have the right tools to do the job.
I’ve been pleased to support our police in working smarter, introducing new technology like drones, bodyworn cameras for our frontline officers, and smartphones and tablets for mobile working.
And there has been continued investment in number plate recognition software which is helping our police deter, detect and disrupt criminal activity affecting our communities.
I’ve also been working to reinvigorate the police response to rural crime and my office teamed up with partners to protect our heritage buildings from lead thieves. Initiatives like my #Impact road safety campaign and StreetDoctors knife crime project are helping educate young people on staying safe.
I’ve also been focusing on the vulnerable in our county, and on victims of crime and providing the local support they need to cope and recover.
In this last year, work has been underway to re-vamp Norfolk’s victim care service which is open to all victims of crime in the county. In addition, existing and new partnerships between my office and local organisations are providing first-class specialist support to victims of domestic and sexual abuse, among other crimes.
And I’ve been working to stop people becoming victims in the first place by focusing on those committing crime.
Through schemes like the Community Chaplains, WONDER and Gateway to Employment, offenders are being helped to identify and address the causes of their behaviour, tackling reoffending and reducing the harm caused to victims.