Police & Crime Commissioner

2017 - 2018 Council Charge


PCC makes 'tough call' and increases policing element of Council Tax by 2%.

Norfolk’s Police & Crime Commissioner has increased the police element of the Council Tax by just shy of 2pc.

The rise equates to an extra 8 pence per week, or £4.23 per year, for a Band D property

Lorne Green told the county’s Police and Crime Panel today that the decision had been far from easy.

Lorne said: “This is not a decision I have taken lightly. It was an extremely tough call.

“I have heard the message loud and clear from the Chief Constable on the challenges he faces in light of mounting essential demands; however I am also very aware that it is no easy decision for taxpayers who are asked to bear an additional burden to sustain, and hopefully improve, crime prevention and fighting in our county. I have been mindful of both in coming to my decision.

“I said in the run up to the PCC election and have continued to say, that I would only consider increasing the precept if I was convinced the constabulary was driving out real and sustainable efficiencies and was exploring all options for further savings. I have been pushing the Force hard in this area and will continue to do so. By April over £30m of savings will have been achieved by Norfolk Constabulary; half of which through collaboration with our Suffolk partners. That is reassuring but that work must continue.

“I am very aware that the nature of crime is changing and the Force must adapt to meet each and every challenge. The skills and infrastructure required to investigate such serious crimes as child exploitation, sexual abuse and on-line fraud, are difficult, complex and resource intensive. This comes at a cost.

“However I have made it clear that even in tough times I want to try and improve the Force in areas such as police visibility and engagement. I also want to ensure our officers are equipped to stay ahead of the criminals to fight 21st Century crimes. To do that the Force must continue to innovate and explore all avenues. I will continue to hold the Chief Constable to account in these areas.”

The Panel heard that the Commissioner had held a five-week public consultation asking whether the Norfolk Community would be prepared to pay 2pc extra in the policing element of the Council Tax or, rather preferred a freeze. Members heard that around 2500 responses had been received with respondents split 76pc to 24pc in favour of a 2pc rise.

Lorne said: “The view of the public was unequivocal; our fellow citizens, by an overwhelming margin, indicated they were prepared to pay more for their police force. I would like to thank all those who took the time to respond and assure them that their views count and their voice is heard.

“Over the past few months I have listened to the views of the community, the Chief Constable, key stakeholders and partners in the police, community safety and local criminal justice arenas. After carefully considering all the feedback I today proposed raising the Band D tax by £4.23 per year, or around 8 pence per week.

“I am under no illusions however, and even with this precept rise Norfolk Constabulary still has a mountain to climb. No-one can be in any doubt that the Force still faces extremely difficult decisions over the next few years. I am afraid that is the reality of the situation.”

The PCC launched his precept consultation on 10 November 2016. The consultation was originally scheduled for four weeks but the PCC decided to extend the deadline by a further week, to ensure maximum opportunity for people to express their views.

The increase was unanimously supported by members of the Police and Crime Panel.



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ELECTIONS WERE HELD ON THURSDAY 5TH. MAY 2016 TO ELECT THE NORFOLK POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER

LORNE GREEN WINS

Following the count of 2nd. preference votes, Lorne Green was elected to the post of Norfolk Police & Crime Commissioner for the next four years.

RESULT

LORNE GREEN
60,061 votes - Elected

CHRIS JONES
50,287 votes

THE COUNT OF FIRST PREFERENCE VOTES PRODUCED NO OVERALL WINNER; THAT IS THAT NO ONE CANDIDATE RECEIVED MORE THAN 50% OF THE VOTES CAST..

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROCEDURES ADOPTED FOR THIS ELECTION,

FOUR OF THE CANDIDATES WERE ELIMINATED AND TWO CANDIDATES MOVED ON TO THE NEXT STAGE - COUNTING OF 2ND. PREFERENCE VOTES.


The following are the results of the FIRST PREFERENCE votes-

Stephen Bett -  Independent - (Incumbent Commissioner)
25,527 votes - ELIMINATED

Lorne Green -  Conservative
42,928 votes CONTINUES to 2nd. preference count.

Jacqueline Howe -  Liberal Democrat
12,838 votes - ELIMINATED

Chris Jones -  Labour
37,141 votes - CONTINUES to 2nd. preference count.

David Moreland -  UKIP
27,030 votes
- ELIMINATED

Martin Schmierer - Green
9187 votes -ELIMINATED

More information about this on the Choose my PCC website


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Police and Crime Commissioner - Annual Report - 2014/2015

Both current and previous Annual reports may be seen or downloaded in full here -
http://www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk/police-and-crime/police-crime-plan -
Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the link. The current document is in pdf format - 1.5 MB - 18 pages long.

You may request a copy of the annual report by
telephoning 01953 424455 or

See the Police and Crime Commissioner website for more about this.

POLICE AND CRIME PLAN


During the election campaign in 2012, the PCC made a ten point pledge to the electorate.


This pledge has been developed and is now published as the

Police and Crime Plan for Norfolk 2013 -2017.

This is described as a strategic document that sets out the main objectives for policing and criminal justice.
An updated version was published in January 2015. The document may be downloaded - pdf format - 2.1MB.- see link below

See the Police and Crime Commissioner website for more about this.





ELECTION RESULT - 2012

STEPHEN BETT - ELECTED

BY A MARGIN OF 3378 VOTES.


After the first round of counting the position was

  • Athill -        30,834 votes     (31.7%)
  • Bett -         27,842 votes     (28.6%)
  • Morphew -   21,456  votes    (22%)
  • Smith -       9633 votes        (9.9%)
  • Joyce -       7392 voteS        (7.6%)

As there was no overall winner - that is no one candidate with more than 50% of the votes cast -  the procedure moved to counting second preference votes.

Morphew, Smith and Joyce were eliminated and Athill and Bett continued in the race.

Eventually, the count showed that Stephen Bett carried the election, winning by a margin of 3378 votes.

In the county there were 100,408 votes cast, out of an electorate of 669,000.




On November 15th, 2012,
for the first time, you will be able to vote for your local police and crime commissioner (PCC). This is a new role and the job of the PCC will be to oversee the police and ensure they prioritise what matters to you.

The candidates standing for the post in Norfolk are :-
  • Jamie ATHILL (The Conservative Party Candidate)
  • Stephen William BETT (Independent)
  • James Michael JOYCE (Liberal Democrat)
  • Steve MORPHEW (Labour Party Candidate)
  • Matthew James SMITH (UKIP)

Further information about the process, may be seen here (A BBC news page) or on the 'choosemypcc' website

Information booklet

In late October, every household in England and Wales (excluding London) will receive a booklet explaining more about these elections and how to fill in your ballot paper. You can also download the information booklet here.


What is a police and crime commissioner?

A police and crime commissioner (PCC) is independent and will be elected to oversee how crime will be tackled in your police force area.

Their aim will be to cut crime and to ensure your police force is effective. They will bring more of a public voice to policing and they will do this by:

  • regularly engaging and meeting with the public to help set police and crime plans;
  • ensuring the police force budget is spent where it matters most; and
  • appointing the chief constable, and (if necessary) dismissing them if they have not performed well.

The PCC will not 'run' the police force. Chief constables will continue to be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the police force, but they will be accountable to the public via PCCs.


Further information about the elections may be seen by clicking here