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Durham PCC responds to Home Affairs Select Committee report
Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), has responded to the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) report entitled “Police and Crime Commissioners: Register of Interests”, which was published on 23 May:
“I welcome transparency and believe that being accountable to the public is important; it was what I was elected to do.
“Since being elected in November 2012 I have reduced my overall budget by £100,000 (9%) and I am reviewing my future budget with a view to further reductions next year. I published my budget immediately after the Durham Police and Crime Panel approved it on 4 February 2013; budget information is also included in my Police and Crime Plan which I launched in April.
Mr Hogg added:
“As regards the costs of my office, I took an early decision not to appoint a deputy (with the attendant cost implications). The people of County Durham and Darlington elected me to represent their needs and having a deputy PCC was never my intention.
“I have a significant role to undertake for the policing of County Durham and Darlington and the commissioning of services as we go forward; the small team of staff I inherited from the Police Authority assist me in carrying out my statutory duties and meeting the needs of local communities.
“I have already deleted two posts from the establishment. So that my support team has the right mix of skills and experience, I am currently undertaking a comprehensive and independent staffing review to ensure that, in the longer term, I have the most effective and efficient structure to support me in the delivery of my policing objectives”.
Posted on Thursday 23rd May 2013