Ron Hogg, Durham's Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner (PCVC), has recently published a Commissioning Strategy (June 2018) that sets out how services will be commissioned in order to support the delivery of the Police, Crime and Victims’ Plan and its four outcomes:
- Communities are safe and crime is reduced
- Victims and the vulnerable feel supported
- Re-offending is reduced and rehabilitation is improved
- People have confidence in the Police and the Criminal Justice System
The Office of the Police Crime and Victims’ Commissioner has a discretionary budget of just over £2million, including grants which were previously allocated by Durham Constabulary. The PCVC has determined three strategic budgets, based on the areas identified in the table above:
- Victims services;
- Reducing reoffending;
- Community safety and prevention.
Prior to 2017-18, many of the PCVC’s contributions to other services were based on either bidding processes or legacy allocations (e.g. through the local Community Safety Partnerships). The OPCVC undertook an exercise in 2017 to review our spending and decision-making processes, identify how our spending aligned with the three priorities set out above, and determine how we could move to a more strategic approach to spending and commissioning.
This work provides the foundation for a new method of commissioning services. To enable a smooth transition from the previous bidding approach we are maintaining contributions to the existing County Durham and Darlington Community Safety Partnership programmes in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
The contributions maintained in 2018/19 are:
- County Durham Youth Offending Services (£306,600);
- County Durham Anti-Social Behaviour Officers (£125,289);
- Darlington Council Youth Offending Services (£122,300);
- Darlington Council Domestic Abuse Services (£21,000);
- County Durham Adults Safeguarding Board (£24,137);
- County Durham Children’s’ Safeguarding Board (£29,285);
- Darlington Adults Safeguarding Board (£12,605);
- Darlington Children’s’ Safeguarding Board (£15,320).
You can download the Commissioners Commissioning Strategy here.
For details on the Commissioners Community Safety Fund click here.
Details of how the services the Commissioner has funded for victims of crime can be found here: