Suffolk Police & Crime Commissioner – Suffolk Policing Update October 2023

Police & Crime Commissioners (PCC) were established in 2011.   Suffolk Police & Crime Commissioner is Tim Passmore .  As part of community engagement, Mr Passmore held a public meeting at 6.30pm Tues 10 Oct 2023, at The Wherry Hotel , Oulton Broad .

Suffolk Chief Constable Rachel Kearton also attended along with local police managers including Insp Ed Scott (Halesworth & Southwold).

The main message of the meeting is that with effect from December 2023, Suffolk Police are changing their local policing model. At the moment we have Neighbourhood Response Officers (respond to emergencies) and Safer Neighbourhood Teams (deals with local issues i.e Anti social behaviour).

From December 2023 there will be Response Investigation Teams (RIT) which will largely be made up of officers from the former neighbourhood response & safer neighbourhood teams.

In the Eastern area of Suffolk including Southwold & Halesworth, we will have 5 Inspectors, 15 Sergeants and 95 Police Constables to look after communities 24/7.  As well as RIT’s there will be 50 Community Policing Areas with 80 Community Policing Officers .

Lastly there is a County Partnership and Prevention Hub which will co ordinate  the work between police and partners across Suffolk – amongst its responsibilities will be anti social behaviour, hate crime, and issues with children and young people along with neighbourhood policing.

The Suffolk Police and Crime Plan (2022 – 2025) explains how the PCC will deliver 4 main objectives for policing in Suffolk. The 4  objectives are:

  • An efficient and effective police force for Suffolk
  •  Provide services which support victims of crime and invest in initiatives which reduce crime and disorder
  • Engage with communities to understand their views about policing and crime and keep them informed and updated about the work of the PCC and the Constabulary
  • Work in partnership to improve criminal justice outcomes and enhance community safety

 Useful note for  Councils & Community groups

The PCC has some funding available for Suffolk based community and voluntary groups, charities.  This is for the purpose of reducing crime and disorder and/or supporting victims of crime.   The fund is administered by Suffolk Community Foundation and is open 4 times a year.



Photo and event information supplied by K Cross