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Welcome to my first blog for 2022, and I do hope that you all had a safe and enjoyable festive period.

To start the year off this month I would like to highlight our Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel, or SNAP, Priority Setting meetings and explain a little about their purpose and how you can get involved in making our community a safer place.

The Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel meetings were brought into being some years ago now with the aim of providing those who live and work in an area the opportunity to discuss directly with local police and our partners such as local authorities, community figures and voluntary and charity organisations concerns or issues which directly affect or impact on the day to day lives of the community or individuals.

Supt Wes Hornigold.
Supt Wes Hornigold.

The SNAP meetings are held every three months throughout the year, in January, April, July and October and are open to the public.

In King’s Lynn, our SNAP is chaired independently of the police by borough councillor Lesley Bambridge and supported by our local police Team Beat Managers and Engagement Officer.

The SNAP process offers community members and residents the opportunity to chat with your local beat managers about anything that may be causing an issue in your area.

The new Purfleet Trust building on the North Lynn Industrial Estate. Picture: Ian Burt MLNF-21IB05175
The new Purfleet Trust building on the North Lynn Industrial Estate. Picture: Ian Burt MLNF-21IB05175

The beat managers will provide updates on work that they have been doing over the previous three months and give any updates on matters such as court results for investigations that have been concluded.

Attendees are invited to put forward and discuss any concerns after which issues raised as a concern will be voted in as the next priorities for the local policing team to concentrate on over the coming three months.

We held our first King’s Lynn SNAP Priority Setting Meeting for 2022 on the 19th of January, and unfortunately, we had to hold this meeting online due to continuing concerns around the spread of Covid in the community.

At our first meeting of the year, we were joined by a representative of the Purfleet Trust (whose headquarters is pictured) and also several borough councillors and it was decided that our King’s Lynn SNAP Priority up to April 2022 will be tackling anti-social behaviour in King’s Lynn town centre.

Our next Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel Priority Setting meeting will be held on April 27 starting at 7pm.

Whether this meeting will be held online or face to face is yet to be decided but details on how to join us at the meeting will be published on our Force website at www.norfolk.police.uk and across our social media platforms.

We really hope you will be able to join us but if you can’t and would still like to raise an issue or concern with the Local Policing Team Beat Managers, please email them direct at kingslynnsnt@norfolk.police.uk.

I wish you all well and look forward to meeting you through 2022!

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