Norfolk Police gets £1m grant ‘to transform the face of policing’

Stephen Bett Norfolk's new Police and Crime Commissioner

Stephen Bett Norfolk's new Police and Crime Commissioner

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A mental health specialist and innovative technology will be added to Norfolk Police’s arsenal after it has won more than £1 million in Government grants.

Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Bett is delighted to have secured £1,263,774, which, he says, will change the face of policing in the county.

The force is believed to be among the first in the county to have a mental health specialist in its control room. This role will provide real-time support for a variety of situations.

The grant will also pay for the establishment of a new automatic number plate recognition hub along with the implementation of a single IT system for both Norfolk and Suffolk forces.

Mr Betts submitted bids for funding from the Home Office Precursor Police Innovation Fund, established to incentivise collaboration, support digital working and enable commissioners to invest in innovation.

Two of the three successful bids were submitted in conjunction with Suffolk commissioner, Tim Passmore.

Mr Bett said: “I am absolutely delighted we have been successful. I said when I took office I would do things differently and encourage innovation and that is what I continue to do. This money will allow Norfolk Constabulary to really push the boundaries and will, I believe, change the face of policing in Norfolk and beyond.

“All these innovations are aimed at improving policing while saving time and money.”

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