Norfolk’s Police & Crime Commissioner is to question the county’s Chief Constable over whether a ‘significant increase’ in reports of violence from care homes is down to a rise in incidents, people feeling more confident to come forward or a change in the way crimes are recorded.
Stephen Bett will be asking the same question over a recorded increase in violence of more than 25% in Norwich and Great Yarmouth in recent months.
A Strategic Performance Overview report to the Police Accountability Panel – where the Commissioner publicly holds the Chief Constable to account – says recent analysis indicates an increase in reports of violence from care homes with areas of King’s Lynn, North Norfolk and Broadland all reporting ‘significant increases’.
Mr Bett said: “On the face of it this is real cause for concern but I suspect there may be more to it than the bare statistics show. I will be asking the Chief Constable whether these rises in reports reflect a rise in actual incidents, people feeling more confident to come forward or whether they are down to a recent change in the way the Home Office wants crime to be recorded. I will also be interested to discover how the constabulary is working to prevent criminal activity in the county’s care homes.”
The Commissioner will also hear that both Norwich and Great Yarmouth have recorded increases in violence of more than 25% since April.
Mr Bett said: “Again, it appears from the report that a rise in violent crime is driving an increase in priority crime in Norfolk. I will be interested to know why the Chief Constable thinks there has been an increase recently and why it seems to have been so stark in Norwich and Great Yarmouth in particular.”
Other areas for scrutiny include what evidence there is for the ‘post Savile impact’ in Norfolk and what is being done to address an increase in the level of those killed or seriously injured on Norfolk’s roads.
The Police Accountability Panel travels round the county and tomorrow’s (Wednesday July 16) meeting will be held in the Committee Room, North Norfolk District Council Offices, Holt Road, Cromer, NR27 9EN, starting at 2pm.