Norfolk’s Police & Crime Commissioner will be asking the county’s Chief Constable to explain a 14% rise in crime figures at Wednesday’s public meeting in Wymondham.
Stephen Bett will be asking Chief Constable Simon Bailey why crime in the county has gone up while it has fallen in other areas.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that overall crime in Norfolk has gone up by 14% to 42,919, with the biggest rises in sexual offences (1,300 -up 47%) and violence against the person (11,293 – up 36%).
There were however reductions in burglaries (3,425 – down 6%) and vehicle offences (2,344 – down 14%).
Stephen said: “Such statistics rarely tell the whole story and I suspect there is more to this rise than meets the eye. An important part of my job as PCC is to challenge the Chief Constable on behalf of the public and I think the people of Norfolk would like reassurances over what’s behind this rise.
“I will also be asking the Chief Constable to update me on the recent job evaluation for constabulary staff and will be asking why it has taken more than five years to complete,” the PCC added.
The Police Accountability Forum – where the Commissioner regularly holds the Chief Constable to account in public – will be held at 10am on Wednesday 13 May in the Wroxham Room at Norfolk Constabulary Headquarters in Wymondham.
Other areas for scrutiny include the county’s Community Remedy and why the Breckland district continues to suffer a higher volume of priority crime than other districts.
Members of the public are welcome to attend this meeting.
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