Police chief, Tim Passmore, praises “constructive” Lowestoft public meeting

Tim Passmore, Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner. Picture: Courtesy of Suffolk PCC.

Tim Passmore, Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner. Picture: Courtesy of Suffolk PCC. - Credit: Archant

Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner discussed budget cuts, cyber crime and the number of serious sexual offences across the county in a public meeting in Lowestoft last week.

Tim Passmore visited The Kirkley Centre, in London Road South on Tuesday, October 10.

The event allowed the public to ask questions of the commissioner and the constabulary and find out about policing in the county.

Mr Passmore said: 'It was a very constructive meeting. The panel, which holds me to account on behalf of the public, and I were able to discuss the financial challenges the constabulary faces.

'I agreed to update them in more detail at the next meeting once the financial settlement is clear.'

Mr Passmore says Suffolk Constabulary still needs to save £6.8m by 2021.

The commissioner added: 'I called on the panel members to support our appeal to government for fairer funding for Suffolk.

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'Without a more equitable settlement we may have to make some very difficult and uncomfortable decisions.'

Elsewhere Mr Passmore provided those in attendance with an update of Suffolk Constabulary's cyber crime unit.

He said: 'The great work of the cyber crime unit was well received.

'I spoke about my stay safe online fund which we have just launched to fund projects to help protect our children against the dangers of the internet.'

The panel questioning the commissioner enquired about an update on how the constabulary are dealing with serious sexual offences in the county.

Mr Passmore said: 'I was pleased to inform them about the recruitment of 18 additional detectives to deal with this.'

Also in attendance at the meeting was Tonya Antonis, Superintendent for the Eastern Area.

She was equally optimistic about the meeting and said: 'From a police perspective we feel it went very well.

'We were honest in managing people's expectations and I feel we have good public support behind us.'

Finally a discussion took place regarding police community support officers (PCSO) working in schools.

Mr Passmore said: 'I was delighted to hear about the sterling work of the recently recruited school liaison officers working in schools in Waveney.'

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