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Last chance to give views on police precept in Norfolk

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Those seeking to make their view known on the Norfolk Police Commissioner's budget consultation has until Friday to get a response in.

The PCC, Lorne Green, is propsing three possible scenarios for 2020-21.

No increase in precept, which would require Norfolk Police to make further cuts to its budget to enable it to fund the growing cost of providing policing services.

Police funding is a hot topic ahead of budget time. (26813214)
Police funding is a hot topic ahead of budget time. (26813214)

Following a decade of real term reductions in police funding and having been assessed as outstanding for efficiency, this would have an impact on frontline services, Mr Green said.

The second option is an inflation level increase in precept of two per cent. This would be a "treading water" option, said Mr Green.

The final option is an increase of more than two per cent, which is Mr Green's preferred solution.

He said this would make possible investment in long-term crime prevention in domestic abuse, sexual violence, county lines, drug dealing and programmes for children and young people to prevent them becoming victims or involved in crime.

It would also fund an improved service for the public when reporting crime to the control room and 21st-century technology such as number plate recognition, leading to more arrests and prosecutions.

You can have your say by going to www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk

Mr Green, who lives at Snettisham, ends his term of office as PCC in May.

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