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Norfolk’s crime commissioner says fears policing will be less visible after PCSO cuts is a misconception

PUBLISHED: 08:37 21 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:11 21 October 2017

Norfolks police and crime commissioner Lorne Green has given his reaction to the radical reforms. Photo : Steve Adams

Norfolks police and crime commissioner Lorne Green has given his reaction to the radical reforms. Photo : Steve Adams

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Increasing visible policing is one of the cornerstones of the first police and crime plan announced by Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner Lorne Green.

The announcement that 150 PCSO posts could be axed by the Norfolk force as part of the biggest overhaul of policing for decades appears to be at odds with that pledge.

But Mr Green today insisted that the view police would be less visible was a misconception.

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He said: “We’re going to have eyes and ears on the street with 20/20 vision now because we’re going to have 81 additional warranted officers with full powers.

”They will be very visible out and about and I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw more officers out and about attending jobs.”

The PCC said he was committed to visible policing and would challenge the chief to make sure police remained a visible on our streets and in our neighbourhoods.


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