Is the way crime is reported changing and are Norfolk Police prepared for a digital future? These are just two of the areas Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner will focus on when he challenges the county’s Chief Constable tomorrow.
A report to the public Police Accountability Forum on Wednesday (November 17) says that there has been a growth in crimes which were not called in to the force’s control room. The regular Strategic Performance Overview report says that victims are coming to police attention now from a wider range of sources, adding: “For example in 2010, just 31 violent crimes were reported by e-mail. In 2015 this number is expected to exceed 900”.
"I am interested to know whether we may get to a point where crimes are regularly reported via social media and how the force is preparing for such change." PCC Stephen Bett
Stephen Bett, Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, said: “We know the nature of crime is changing – with rapid increases in areas such as cybercrime – but what about the way crimes are being reported? We all know that in an emergency you always call 999, and 101 for non-emergencies, but it would appear that this is not the only way the police are alerted to crimes.
“I was interested to read that this year the number of violent crimes reported by e-mail is set to be more than 900. I will be asking the Chief Constable how the force monitors and manages such reports and whether there are any trends in the types of crimes being reported this way. I am also interested to know what the future might look like and whether we may get to a point where crimes are regularly reported via social media and how the force is preparing for such change.
“The report also states that victims are coming to police attention now from a wider range of sources than before and as the Victims’ Champion I am interested to know more.”
Budget, performance, staffing and complaints are also on the agenda for tomorrow’s public meeting, which takes place at 10am at Norfolk Police Headquarters in Wymondham.
- Agenda Papers - 17 November 2015 (PDF, 3.3 MB)
- Minutes Of The Police Accountability Forum Meeting - 17 November 2015 (, 649.7 KB)