Following the election of Giles Orpen-Smellie as the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, I've launched a survey in the Great Yarmouth constituency to find out what you think the priorities for policing should be over the next few years.
At the last General Election, the Conservatives made a commitment to recruit 20,000 new police officers across the country. Since then, we've nearly recruited half of those new officers. That's 109 additional police officers in Norfolk alone. The addition of these new officers brings the total number of police across Norfolk up to 1786, meaning there are now more frontline officers on our streets to keep the public safe. By backing our police with the funding, powers and resources they need, we are keeping the public and our communities safe, so that people everywhere can live their lives free from the fear of crime.
Now that we are recruiting extra police I want to hear your priorities for tackling any crime and anti-social behaviour issues across the Great Yarmouth constituency. This information will help me highlight the issues that our new Police and Crime Commissioner must focus on in our area as he puts together his policing plan for the years ahead. And of course, I can discuss any specific issues with our excellent borough police team, who I meet on a regular basis.
This is your chance to have your say on the policing priorities for our area. The survey will only take a few minutes to complete and is open until 30th June 2021. After this, I will report back to residents on the issues and priorities identified in the survey.