PCC Ron Hogg
Durham Commissioner slams ‘privatising services’ speech
Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has spoken out against comments made by the recently appointed Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Tom Winsor, in his speech earlier this week about the role of the police.
Mr Winsor’s speech, “Policing in the New Dynamic Environment”, was delivered to the Royal United Services Institute on Monday and calls for greater collaboration in policing as well as improvements in technology and more extensive use of private sector organisations to deliver services.
Mr Hogg criticised as “misguided” Mr Winsor’s insistence on the need for forces to privatise services in order to save money. Mr Hogg said:
“I do not think it is the role of the Chief Inspector of Constabulary to be seen to be encouraging privatisation of a key protective public service like policing. Instead he should be challenging the draconian cuts to policing services which this Government has pushed through. These austerity measures are now threatening to undermine the fight against crime by making it more difficult to work in partnership with other public and voluntary sector organisations who deliver essential crime prevention services in support of front line police officers.
“Partnership work provides the synergy to tackle the causes of crime and anti-social behaviour across a broad front and making best use of resources. Like collaboration, it is something we have done for many years and we will continue to exploit new avenues.
“As just one example, the joint roads policing collaboration we have with Cleveland, which has now been running for 3 years, has been a great success and is not just saving money but making the services more effective and efficient.
“Policing is not just about crime prevention as Mr Winsor suggests. Detecting crime and dealing with the aftermath of offending is equally as important and we continue to put victims at the forefront of the services we deliver. Even though crime is continuing to fall, I am determined that the force will maintain and improve its performance in ensuring that County Durham and Darlington remain among the safest places to live and work.”
Posted on Friday 3rd May 2013