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Why we have to lose this police service in West Norfolk

Downham Police Station 1

Published by the KLFM News Team at 5:29am 13th February 2018.

Reminding us why we have to lose this police service in West Norfolk.

Public Enquiry Offices across our county are being shut as Norfolk Police look to save money.

It's as they face growing financial pressures and an increase in more serious crimes in our county.

PSCOs are also being cut in Norfolk

[The plans also include getting rid of Norfolk's PCSOs too]

The constabulary had carried out a review of PEOs and found less people were using them.

They will officially close on 31st March but police officers will still use them for operational purposes.

Engagement surgeries will be held instead to give us the chance to meet officers face-to-face.

[Chief Constable Simon Bailey has said the constabulary is dealing with more serious offences like child sex abuse]

Theses will be held at:

  • Dereham biweekly - Tuesday: 12pm - 2pm 
  • Downham Market - Thursday: 11am -1pm 
  • Fakenham - Wednesday: 1pm - 3pm 
  • Hunstanton - Wednesday: 11am - 1pm

Deputy Chief Constable Nick Dean said:

"As part of the 2020 review, we were required to look at the entire policing model including our Public Enquiry Offices.

"Traditionally, our PEOs have provided a key contact point for our communities. However, the vast majority of people now prefer to contact us by telephone or online.

"Our new improved website, which was launched in 2016, has been designed to assist those who are comfortable with self-service and can report issues such as anti-social behaviour and non-urgent crime through online forms.

Police station staying opening in King's Lynn

[The PEO at the new King's Lynn station will stay open]

"It is, however, crucial that we provide opportunities for face-to-face advice for residents who prefer this approach, which is why we will be holding these engagement surgeries.

"I cannot ignore that these changes affect staff roles and I want to take this chance to say how grateful I am for the professionalism, loyalty and dedication shown not only in recent times, but in all the months and years of service.

"All the changes we're making as part of the new policing model will have an impact on our communities, but our priority is to make sure we continue to deliver a responsive, relevant and viable police service for the people of Norfolk."

The closures of the PEOs puts 26 jobs at risk.

It will save Norfolk Constabulary £320,000.

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