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Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner vows to stay on as local elections postponed by coronavirus




Despite intending to stand down from office in May, Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner has vowed to continue serving West Norfolk after the local elections have been postponed.

Lorne Green said he has yet to receive a formal notice but is expected to stay on as the PCC after the coronavirus outbreak has disrupted local elections across the country.

Local, mayoral and police and crime commissioner elections will not take place until May next year following a government announcement.

Lorne Green, Norfolk PCC, had originally stated he would be stepping down in May this year
Lorne Green, Norfolk PCC, had originally stated he would be stepping down in May this year

Mr Green, who lives in Snettisham, said: "I have been elected to serve the people of this county. It has been a privilege and I have a wonderful job.

"It's been a great honour to serve these people so I am ready to stay on and continue to pursue the most important thing of keeping this county safe.

"I had just assumed I had served the four years of my term. I will hand the torch over to the next duly elected PCC when that election takes place."

On the elections postponement, a cabinet office spokeswoman said: “We will bring forward legislation to postpone local, mayoral and police and crime commissioner elections until May next year.

“We will also work with the devolved administrations to ensure that they have the necessary powers to do the same."

A further statement added that the decision was taken following advice from the government's medical experts in relation to the response to the Covid-19 virus and the advice of those delivering elections.

It adds that further details will be set out in due course.

The PCC has authorised the purchase of the former Hethersett Old Hall School in order to build “state of the art training facilities” which will train up to 600 police officers over the next three years.

The PCC has authorised the purchase of the former Hethersett Old Hall School in order to build "state of the art training facilities" which will train up to 600 police officers over the next three years.

"We are very busy in improving the numbers," Mr Green said.

The site was purchased at a negotiated price of £3.35m at the end of February.

It is expected to open in August following necessary development and refurbishment.

The project has been funded through capital investment, including savings made through the renegotiation ofprivate finance initiative (PFI) contracts around the constabulary headquarters, with no additional burden on the taxpayer.

The learning centre will include accommodation, 29 classrooms, offices for police trainers as well as a gym.

The site also has an existing nursery which the constabulary will aim to keep in use, supporting staff and the local community.

Mr Green said: "I have managed to significantly increase officer numbers over the four years of my tenure.

"The fact is we have more men and women at Norfolk Constabulary today keeping us safe than we had when I first started."


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