Members of the public will be able to see first-hand the inner workings of a police speed van during a special Q and A session with Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Chief Constable tomorrow.
PCC Lorne Green will be taking his regular Police Accountability Forum meeting on the road to Broadland and area residents are invited to attend.
The meeting is scheduled for 5pm tomorrow (Tuesday 12 September) at Aylsham Town Hall, Market Place, Aylsham, NR11 6EL. The meeting will be followed by a public question and answer session at 7pm.
Road safety will be a key aspect of the meeting and Lorne has invited members of Community Speed Watch (CSW) and Community Enforcement Officers from Norfolk Constabulary to explain their roles and demonstrate their speed enforcement equipment – including the van.
The meeting will hear there currently are 758 CSW volunteers in the county – an increase of nearly 15% on last year.
“Road safety is a big concern for many of Norfolk’s residents, with excessive speed being one of the Fatal 4 factors which put our road users at risk, which is why I have invested in a number of schemes to tackle speeding on our county’s roads,” said Lorne. “Enforcement of the law, alongside sustained education and awareness, will help keep our county’s roads safer for all who use them, and speed cameras have an important role to play in that. This is an ideal opportunity for members of the community to see first-hand how our committed speeding enforcement teams operate throughout the county.”
The meeting will come just a week after Lorne chaired a special meeting in Cromer dedicated to the police response to recent events in the town and surrounding area.
More than 100 people attended the event and, at the Aylsham meeting, Lorne will be asking Chief Constable Simon Bailey for an update on the review of policing in the Cromer area over the weekend of August 18-20.
Other matters to be discussed will include policing performance in the district and an update on rural crime including the introduction of 24 members of the Special Constabulary to the Constabulary’s Rural Crime Force.
The meeting will then be followed by an opportunity for people to put their policing and crime questions to the PCC and Chief Constable.
Lorne added: “This will be the sixth time we have taken our meetings on tour. We’ve had an excellent cross-section of the community in Dereham, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn, Norwich and Cromer and we will be heading to south Norfolk in November. All kinds of questions have been put to the Chief Constable and me on issues which clearly matter to local people.
“When I became Police and Crime Commissioner my pledge was to be visible, accessible and accountable and that is exactly what I continue to be. I look forward to speaking with a good number of people at the meeting in Aylsham next week.”