'What we are doing to tackle crime on our streets'
PUBLISHED: 10:19 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:19 18 July 2018
Recent weeks have seen several violent crimes on the streets of Norwich. Here, in her monthly column, Norwich North MP CHLOE SMITH outlines what is being done to tackle the issue
Even if England didn’t make it, well done Catton Grove Primary School and the other prize-winners from the procession.
But there have also been a lot of serious issues on the streets of our city. The recent tragedies of a shooting and a stabbing are violence which you might more usually see in London rather than our city. They come on top of the menace of ‘county lines’, criminal drug operations run here out of other cities.
I know people are looking for reassurance that those who need help are getting it, and that street issues such as drugs are being dealt with effectively. This isn’t just in the city centre, but also in areas like the north city in my constituency.
I recently met with the new police commander for the city area, as well as the team that covers north Norwich, to discuss worries that constituents have raised with me, including drug issues and rough sleeping.
I want to express my support for the work of the police on these issues but I also call for all city agencies to work together to tackle the problems.
Norwich has received more money to be able to deal with rough sleeping, to help those who need it most, and to plan strategically. The government is ambitious about this, as a matter of justice: I support these £1.2 billion plans in parliament to wipe out rough sleeping altogether and want to see that taxpayers’ money used to best effect locally. By working together, we can make a difference. Let’s not forget that the government is also funding an extra £450 million for police in England and Wales.
Norfolk Police have made changes of their own, bringing on more full officers who can make arrests and deal with today’s crimes. It was a difficult choice for the chief constable but I believe recent events show this was the right thing to do, especially for the urban area in the face of these worrying new crimes.
However, these new officers need the community to work with them and support them in tackling local crime. They need your help to make sure they have good local intelligence and community links as the beat teams come up to full strength in the next few months.
I encourage all residents to support the police through the local ‘Meet Your Team events. To find out how to get in touch with your local team, please visit www.norfolk.police.uk/your-area. You can follow their social media accounts for regular updates on their work, and to support them by sharing their stories and public appeals for information. This is an easy way we can all pull together to improve crime rates in our city.
If you or anyone you know has been affected by a crime, please contact Victim Support on 0808 168 9111. Of course, if it’s an emergency, call 999.
Norwich North’s neighbourhood policing team, led by Sgt Jon Church, have launched Operation Stature to tackle drug dealing in the Silver Triangle area. This will involve targeted patrols by uniformed officers along with support from specialist departments including undercover resources. The team will also be working with the community and partner agencies to address the many complex issues surrounding drug dealing. Anyone with concerns or information about drug dealing in the area can contact the team by emailing NorwichNorthLPC@norfolk.pnn.police.uk or calling 101 and asking for the Norwich North team.
If you live in the Broadland District Council area, you can contact the team on: email@example.com. Working with local police helps reduce crime and really does mean that your voice will be heard.
In parliament this month we also started work on a new bill to tackle knives and acid – awful, violent weapons that no one wants to see on our streets. I will follow this bill closely because, tragically, these issues are hitting home in Norwich.
Let’s keep our city a safe place to live.