NORFOLK: Crime plan

The Norfolk Police and Crime Panel, which is made up of Norfolk Councillors and independent members, will scrutinise the county’s first Police and Crime Plan at a meeting at County Hall on Friday (March 8).

The Norfolk Police and Crime Plan 2013-17 is a strategic document which defines how the Police and Crime Commissioner will approach business during his first full year in office and sets out three objectives for crime and disorder reduction in Norfolk:

• Reducing priority crime, anti-social behaviour and re-offending

• Reducing vulnerability, promote equality and support victims

• Reducing need for service, through preventative and restorative approaches and more joined up working with partners; protecting the availability of front line resources

Before the Police and Crime Plan is published, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, Stephen Bett, must consult with the Chief Constable in preparing the Plan; obtain the views of the community and victims of crime on the draft Plan; and provide a response to any recommendations made by the Police and Crime Panel.

During next week’s meeting, the Commissioner will answer questions from the Panel about his Plan.

The Panel must make a report or recommendations to the Commissioner for him to take into consideration before the final Plan is published (which must be before 31 March).

The next Police and Crime Panel meeting is being held in the Cranworth Room at County Hall, Norwich at 11am on Friday 8 March with members of the public welcome to attend.

The Police and Crime Panel has been set up to maintain a ‘check and balance’ on the performance of the Police and Crime Commissioner and will meet at least four times a year to carry out its functions.