Community Safety

The Breckland Operational Partnership Team (BOPT) is made up of officers from Breckland Council and Norfolk Constabulary and is located at Elizabeth House, Dereham, Norfolk.

Find out more information about Norfolk's County Community Safety Partnership.

Whatever your concern, the team endeavours to meet the following standards when dealing with an anti-social behaviour complaint:

  • Listen to you and take your problem seriously.
  • Take action or give advice to try to resolve the problems you have reported.
  • Try to prevent the problems happening again.
  • Support you and keep you informed.
  • Tell you what they have done.

Anti-social behaviour

Find out more about reporting anti-social behaviour.

If you are experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour or other community safety issues, you can contact Breckland Council on 01362 656870 or call the Police non-emergency number 101. In an emergency always call 999.

Useful information:

ASB Help also has online resources for if you're feelingscared,frustrated, orangry about an anti-social behaviour incident.


Breckland Council has 94 CCTV cameras deployed across the five market towns of Thetford, Dereham, Swaffham, Attleborough and Watton.

The aim of the system is to improve safety, reduce crime and fear of crime, and provide support to businesses and the Police. The system is operated in accordance with the Council's Code of Practice and complies with legislation on Human Rights and the Data Protection Act, amongst others.

Our cameras are monitored by the Borough Council of Kings-Lynn & West Norfolk - details can be found: CCTV - Borough Council of Kings-Lynn & West Norfolk.

Children and young people

Norfolk County Council has a Local Safeguarding Children's Board (LSCB) in place, consisting of statutory and voluntary partners including Breckland Council. The purpose of this board is to ensure a co-ordinated and consistent approach to the safeguarding of children across Norfolk.

Breckland Council has reporting responsibilities and has a duty to pass on any concerns they are made aware of around a child's safety or welfare, either directly to Norfolk County Council or the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) if necessary. If there is an immediate safeguarding risk to any child, then it will always be reported to the Police too.

Norfolk County Council also provides information on Signs of Safety; a new approach Children Services have implemented, which supports families who may need help bringing up their children. Further information can be found on the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Partnership website.

Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduced a range of new powers designed to address anti-social behaviour including PSPOs.

PSPOs are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a specific area, that is detrimental to the quality of life to residents, businesses and visitors and are persistent and continuing in nature, by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

View Thetford PSPO

View Watton PSPO


Prevent is part of the UK's counter-terrorism strategy, safeguarding and supporting members of the community to stop them becoming radicalised or supporting violent extremism. 

Find out more about preventing extremism and radicalisation, or report a concern. 

Last updated: 04/05/2022 12:05:11