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Police, Crime & Victims' Commissioner (PCVC) and Statutory Officers


About the Police, Crime & Victims' Commissioner

The PCVC covers the areas of County Durham and Darlington.

The PCVC has not employed a Deputy PCVC. 

Correspondence address:

Office of the Durham Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner

Durham Police Headquarters

Aykley Heads



The salary for the role of PCC is £70,000 per year.

About the Statutory Officers

The senior officers working within the Office of the Durham Police, Crime & Victims' Commissioner (ODPCVC) are:

  • Mr Alan Reiss  - Chief of Staff
  • Mr Gary Ridley - Chief Finance Officer - contracted service in place from 1 November 2013

Chief of Staff - Role and Responsibilities:

  1. To provide effective leadership, guidance, advice and support to the PCVC and officers of the ODPCVC in order to meet statutory duties and strategic objectives.
  2. To lead on the development and implementation of the PCVC’s strategic aims and objectives
  3. To support the PCVC in the delivery of his role in the tripartite structure of policing locally, regionally and nationally.
  4. To assist the PCVC in developing an effective strategic partnership with the Chief Constable and the Executive Command Team
  5. To act as Monitoring Officer and Legal Adviser to the PCVC
  6. To secure collaboration and effective working with local authorities, policing and criminal justice community safety partners

Chief Finance Officer - Role and Responsibilities:

  1. To maintain the financial integrity of the ODPCVC
  2. To advise the PCVC on financial policy and strategy
  3. To perform the statutory duties of the Chief Financial officer, including acting as the Section 151 Officer
  4. To work with the Chief Executive to take forward the business of the ODPCVC as directed


Staff structure of the Office of the Police, Crime & Victims' Commissioner (OPCVC) & Contact Details

The current equalities breakdown of staff (excluding the PCVC) is as follows:

  • Female staff - 12 (80% of workforce)
  • Male - 3 (20% of workforce)
  • Ethnic Minority - 2


Full information is provided on the following:


Assistance from Chief Officer or Local Authority

Use of staff of Chief Officer

In the interests of value for money and the most effective use of resources, the Chief Constable and the PCVC have agreed that the Office of the OPCVC will have access, to the services of appropriate police officers and civilian staff of the force to enable the PCVC to fulfil his statutory duties. This takes the form of a Support Services Protocol covering the following areas of business:

  • Financial Services
  • Planning and Performance
  • Community Engagement
  • Marketing and PR
  • Estates
  • Procurement
  • Human Resources
  • FOI and Data Protection

In addition the Chief Constable has arranged for the secondment of an officer of Inspector level to act as a staff officer to assist him in his day to day duties.  This is a temporary position and will be reviewed at some future date.

Provision of Assistance from Local Authorities

The PCVC has the temporary use of an office at the Town Hall, Darlington on one day per week and is provided with secretarial support, if required, as part of an agreement with Darlington Borough Council.

The PCVC is able to commission specialist legal services support from Durham County Council’s legal services Division as and when required. 


Other Appointments

Independent Custody Visitor Scheme

Joint Audit Committee 


Collaborating with Others

The PCC is a partner to the following collaboration arrangements for the delivery of policing services:

  • Specialist Operations Unit – Collaboration with Cleveland Police for the delivery of services relating to Firearms Tactical Training and Strategic Roads Policing.
  • Air Support – National agreement for the provision of Police Air Support.
  • North East Region Specialist Operations Unit – Collaboration with Cleveland and Northumbria to provide additional capacity and capability across the region to tackle serious and organised crime.
  • Evolve - a three-way collaboration with Cleveland Police and North Yorkshire Police. Through the programme, each of the police services will be exploring ways to work together across organisational boundaries, in order to increase operational resilience, improve services for communities and achieve financial savings. 



Communicating and engaging with the public and other stakeholders

Future meetings

Any public meetings and events will be published on the PCVC's calendar which can be accessed by clicking on the link below:


Previous meetings hosted by the PCVC

The PCC attends weekly meetings and events across the Force area. Information about previous public meetings organised by his office can be found on the following link:

  • Previous public meetings


Reports requested from the Community Safety Partnerships in the Force area

Information will be published as and when a request is made by the PCVC.


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