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What's your question for new head of Norfolk Police?

West Norfolk people have a first chance to put questions to the temporary chief constable of the county's police force.

As the newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner prepares to hold his first public meeting with Norfolk Police, Giles Orpen-Smellie wants people to submit their questions about crime and policing in their local area.

Mr Orpen-Smellie will put them to temporary chief constable Paul Sanford.

Mr Orpen-Smellie is responsible for ensuring Norfolk has an efficient and effective policing service which is responsive to the needs of the county’s communities. A key part of that duty is scrutinising the performance of the force and how it is working to meet the priorities set out in Norfolk’s Police and Crime Plan.

The PCC accountability Meetings will be held quarterly to allow Mr Orpen-Smellie to publicly question, challenge and hold the chief constable to account.

The first one is on Thursday, July 29.

Mr Orpen-Smellie said: “I’m the new kid on the block and, as such, I’ve got a lot of questions I’m keen to put to our policing leaders.

"And, while definitely not new to policing in Norfolk, Paul is new to the chief constable role so this first meeting is a key milestone for us both.

“Just as I’ve got questions for Paul and his senior officers, so I’m sure have local people and that’s why I want to give them the opportunity to have those questions asked and answered.

“Together we can ensure the right questions are asked of our policing leaders to help identify what we’re doing well in Norfolk and where and how we could improve further, as well as hopefully increasing understanding of the way policing works."

Questions must relate to policing priorities in your area or within the county and you must provide your name, address and contact telephone number.

Submit questions by Thursday, July 15, in one of the following ways:

Complete the contact form at www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk/contact-us/get-in-touch

Email opccn@norfolk.police.uk using ‘PCC Accountability Meeting Questions’ as the subject line.

Write to PCC Accountability Meeting Questions, OPCCN, Jubilee House, Falconers Chase, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 0WW.

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

Good stewardship of taxpayers’ money

Supporting victims and protecting the vulnerable

Delivering a modern and innovative service.

Mr Orpen-Smellie will set his own Police and Crime Plan for Norfolk and will launch a consultation on the priorities for that plan later in July. The priorities set by his predecessor remain in place until that plan is published.

Mr Sanford took over temporary leadership of Norfolk’s policing service on July 1 following the retirement of former chief constable Simon Bailey. Mr Orpen-Smellie will shortly be launching the recruitment process for a new permanent chief constable.

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