Panel to examine Norfolk police budget

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Budget proposals for policing in Norfolk are set to be discussed at a meeting today.

Members of the county’s police and crime panel will question police and crime commissioner Stephen Bett, his deputy Jenny McKibben and the force’s chief constable, Simon Bailey, on both immediate and future financial issues at the panel’s meeting in Norwich.

The initial focus is on the proposed budget for the 2015-16 financial year, including the proportion of council tax funding that goes to police services.

The discussions take place amid growing anxiety among police chiefs over the likely impact of sustained funding cuts on policing.

Last week, the chief constable of Lincolnshire Police, Neil Rhodes, warned that his force could become unsustainable within three years if the reductions in funding continue.

And, speaking to the Lynn News on Friday, Mr Bett admitted that continuing to make savings would be “tough” and have an impact on front line services.

The meeting will also examine the issue of rural crime.