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Public urged to have their say on local policing priorities


Residents across County Durham and Darlington have the opportunity to give their views on the future of local policing, as part of a new consultation launched by Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Mr Hogg is refreshing his Police and Crime Plan for 2015-17, and is urging residents across the Constabulary area to get involved by giving their views on it. He said:

“As the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, it is my job to secure an efficient and effective police force across County Durham and Darlington, hold the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary to account and represent the views of the local public.

“I do this by publishing a Police and Crime Plan, which sets out a number of priorities and provides direction to the Chief Constable. I then hold the Chief Constable to account for delivering the plan.

“I want to hear from people about what they want to see their police force delivering, so that their views are reflected in the way that the Constabulary protects the public and tackles crime”.

Durham Constabulary was recently the only one in the country to be assessed by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary as ‘outstanding’ at investigating crime.

The Plan sets out that the Constabulary must focus on their Core Business of reducing crime and keeping the community safe. Fundamental to their business is delivering the Strategic Policing Requirement, and focussing on threats like Child Sexual Exploitation and Cybercrime. In addition, the Commissioner is working with partners regionally, particularly on delivering the first regional strategy to reduce Violence against Women and Girls.

Locally, the PCC has added three new priorities:

  • To improve public confidence in local policing
  • To work with partners to improve the service provided to those with poor mental health (victims and offenders)
  • To reduce reoffending.

He is proposing to retain the following local priorities from the original plan:

  • To reduce the incidence and impact of domestic abuse in all its forms
  • To tackle the harm caused to individuals and communities by alcohol and drugs
  • To tackle anti-social behaviour
  • To improve engagement with communities across the Constabulary area
  • To reduce the impact of hate crime
  • To improve road safety by tackling careless and dangerous driving, speeding and other related road safety issues
  • To make our policing service visible and accessible at all times.

The plan stresses that in order to tackle these issues, the PCC and the Constabulary must work in partnership with other local organisations and services.

Members of the public can respond by:

 The consultation is open until 15th February 2015.  All responses will then be considered and the final plan will be available on the PCC’s website from the 1st April 2015. As set out in the Plan, the PCC will also be issuing a consultation on an increase of less than 2% to the Police element of Council Tax, in the New Year.

Posted on Monday 22nd December 2014
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