Norfolk Commissioner pledges to cut crime

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Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner has put reducing crime, anti-social behaviour and re-offending at the top of his priorities for the next four years.

Stephen Bett announced his Police and Crime Plan on Friday, and said he was determined to maintain the county’s high standards.

“An enormous amount of hard work in recent years has resulted in a strong, high-performing Constabulary that has kept crime levels among the lowest. Like everyone I talk to, I want to see it stay that way.

“A key focus of my manifesto was the fight against serious crime and the protection of some of the most vulnerable in our communities, in particular, victims of crime, young and elderly people who need reassuring that they will be protected,” he said.

The plan highlights three main priorities: to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and re-offending; reduce people’s vulnerability, promote equality and support victims of crime; and reduce the need for service and encourage more joined-up work with partner agencies.

Mr Betts said funding would be an on-going issue for the police.

“The Council Tax freeze the Government wants us to take will store up trouble for the future leaving us with the stark reality of a multi-million pound funding gap some years down the line.

“This is because in two years’ time the grant money in lieu of Council Tax runs out,” he said.

The public have until February 16 to comment on the plans.

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