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Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Giles Orpen-Smellie invites public to pose questions to Chief Constable

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Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Giles Orpen-Smellie is inviting residents to pose their questions to Norfolk's Chief Constable as he prepares to host his first accountability meeting of 2022.

Known as the PCC Accountability Meeting (PAM), the session is one of the ways the PCC publicly holds the police to account for their delivery of the county's current Police and Crime Plan. The quarterly meetings have been set up to allow Giles to question, challenge and hold the Chief Constable and senior officers directly to account.

The next meeting is due to take place on Wednesday, January 26. Although the first for 2022, this will be Giles Orpen-Smellie's third PAM to date. Questions must be submitted prior to the meeting and the PCC is encouraging people to share their questions with him no later than midnight on Wednesday, January 12 via the Norfolk PCC website, by email or by post.

Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Giles Orpen-Smellie on patrol in Lynn with local beat manager PC Mike Hopkins.
Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Giles Orpen-Smellie on patrol in Lynn with local beat manager PC Mike Hopkins.

Mr Orpen-Smellie said: "My first two accountability meetings in 2021 showed residents really cared about their local communities and had an array of topics to raise with the Chief Constable and his senior officers.

"The meetings also gave me the opportunity to understand the issues of importance to people living and working in the county – crucial ahead of the development of my new Police, Crime and Community Safety Plan which will set out my expectations of what the constabulary must deliver to keep Norfolk's residents safe.

"It's incredibly important to me that our constabulary are delivering the best possible service for the people of the county and it is by seeking answers to concerns or worries that we can understand what is working well and where improvements can be made.

"It is my statutory duty to hold the Chief Constable and, through the Chief Constable, the constabulary to account for the policing service provided in Norfolk, so please take this opportunity to raise any questions about policing or crime you may have."

The PCC Accountability Meeting on January 26 will be held virtually and a recording of the meeting will be published after the event, along with answers to the questions asked. Where questions cannot be answered at the PAM, an answer will be provided and published on the Norfolk PCC website within ten working days after the meeting.

Other items on the agenda for the meeting include reports on three priority areas set within Norfolk's current Police and Crime Plan:

  • Supporting Rural Communities
  • Improving Road Safety
  • Good Stewardship of Taxpayers' Money

There will also be a paper from the Constabulary's Professional Standards Department providing an overview of complaints covering the period April 1 to September 30, 2021 and an update report on police collaboration.

You can submit your questions by midnight on Wednesday, January 12 in the following ways:

  • Complete the contact form at https://www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk/contact-us/get-in-touch/
  • Email opccn@norfolk.police.uk using 'PCC Accountability Meeting Questions' as your subject.
  • Write to: PCC Accountability Meeting Questions, OPCCN, Jubilee House, Falconers Chase, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 0WW.

Anyone who lives, works or studies in Norfolk can submit one question at each PCC Accountability Meeting, limited to a maximum of 100 words. Questions must relate to policing priorities in your area or within the county and you must provide your name, address and contact telephone number.

Full details of how to submit a question can be found at: https://www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk/key-information/accountability/pcc-accountability-meeting/

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