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Durham Commissioner criticises Government cuts proposal

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Durham Commissioner criticises Government cuts proposal

Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg, criticises the Home Secretary’s decision to continue cutting deep into police budgets, following the announcement of the provisional police grant settlement.

The Government are now consulting on the proposed settlement and thereafter police and crime commissioners across the country will know the amount of funding that they will be receiving towards policing in their areas for 2013-14.

Mr Hogg said:

“I met with the Home Secretary in November who listened to the concerns of PCCs up and down the country; however the proposed grant does not reflected the issues we raised. I am deeply disappointed with this grant settlement which continues to challenge policing nationally.

The financial position the force has found itself in will make it difficult over the coming years but I will be looking at ways in which officers could spend more time on the streets and be more visible to local communities.

I want to reassure communities that my personal priorities to reduce the impact of domestic abuse and hate crime as well as improving engagement with local communities will be maintained, despite the proposed cuts.

County Durham and Darlington residents can also have their say throughout December until early January in my first public consultation to tell me what their top three priorities are, as well as vote on the police element of the council tax for 2013-14. In light of the Government’s proposals it is even more important the public get in touch to have their say.”

Ron Hogg’s consultation is open until Friday 4 January and residents are encouraged to vote online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/durhampcc2012, by email to: enquiries@durham-pcc.gov.uk or by telephone on: 0191 3835511.

Posted on Friday 21st December 2012
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