Front cover - Lord Steven's Report
Durham PCC responds to Lord Steven's report
Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), gives a balanced view on Lord Steven’s report published today [25 November 2013] by the Independent Police Commission.
The report, titled ‘Policing for a Better Britain’ sets out its vision for policing and detailed recommendations covering a number of areas including: democratic governance, neighbourhood policing, raising standards and police officers and staff.
Criticising some areas of the report, Mr Hogg said: “The report states the model of introducing Police and Crime Commissioners is flawed, however I believe that whilst PCCs work better in some areas than in others, at this current time, it is too soon to judge.”
Commenting on the alternative solution put forward by Lord Stevens, Mr Hogg said: “In my opinion introducing the democratic governance recommendation as suggested in the report is far too dubious and I am not convinced this would be the correct approach.
“I do however give broad support to some of the recommendations, especially in relation to the social aspect of neighbourhood policing and ensuring that, nationally, there are certain standards of service to communities.
“Better use of IT is something I am also keen to support and is an area of ever improving excellence in Durham. We do seek to enhance procurement opportunities but recognise there is scope to do more and I also welcome the recommendations regarding the restrictions of private companies”.
Posted on Monday 25th November 2013