"I have long argued that the giving of offence, and even hate speech, should be a moral matter but not a matter for the criminal law. That is as true on the football pitch as on the streets. We should always challenge racism. We should also always challenge attacks on liberties in the guise of faux antiracism." Kenan Malik


No longer do Norfolk residents need to actually ever see a police officer in the flesh to report crime or seek advice.

Apparently it’s now going to be easier to keep in touch with your local police officers thanks to a newly-launched community messaging system…other wise known as text messaging, an initiative being launched across the country.

According to Norwich Evening News

For the first time people can sign-up to be sent information on crimes, safety advice, Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) meetings and successful convictions relevant to their town or village in whatever format they wish – be it via email, over the telephone, texts on your mobile or through the fax machine.

The system, called Police Direct, was unveiled yesterday and is being hailed by police chiefs as a way of increasing the force’s communication with residents and encouraging more people to report crimes, while also driving down costs.

Norfolk Constabulary must find £1.4m in savings by the end of this financial year and £24m over the next three years.

Meet Sgt. Mark Woodward from Gloucestershire Constabulary explaining the Police SMS texting service and how it works….


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