Commissioner congratulates Durham Force on strong performance
Police performance has been under scrutiny this week, as Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner publishes his latest Public Performance Report.
Figures published today by the PCC show that crime has stayed static in 2014-15 despite cuts to policing and wider austerity affecting communities. The number of solved crimes is up, and anti-social behaviour is falling.
Between April 1, 2014 and March 31 this year, 32,206 crimes were reported to police compared to 32,156 the previous year. This equates to 50 more crimes - around just one a week.
The proportion of victim-based crimes solved across the force area was up from 32% to 39%. Anti-social behaviour has gone down by 3 per cent across the Constabulary area, with Barnard Castle showing the largest reduction of (16 percent).
All the numbers are available for people to see in the report Ron is publishing today.
Mr Hogg met with the force Executive Team at a board meeting on Wednesday to discuss the results. He said:
"This performance caps an excellent year for Durham Constabulary, during which it was rated by HMIC as the only force in the country to be outstanding at investigating crime. We have an exceptional police force in County Durham and Darlington. Part of my role is to represent the public to ensure that we continue to do so, and to work on residents’ behalf to ensure that the force is ready to meet the challenges of the future.
“I am committed to ensuring that our communities receive the best service from their police force and whilst we have not seen an overall reduction in crime, I am confident that Durham Constabulary is working hard to deliver a high quality service across the force area. We have seen increases in the number of crimes solved, a reduction in anti-social behaviour, and reductions in several types of crime.
“I scrutinise performance very carefully on behalf of the public. But I also want the public to be able to do so too. That is why I am publishing these results transparently, and openly, in a user-friendly and accessible format.”
Several types of crime have reduced, including burglary by 8.3 per cent, vehicle crime by 19.7 percent, criminal damage (including arson) by 3.3 per cent and metal theft by 34 per cent.
Victim-based crimes - violence against the person, sexual offences, stealing and criminal damage – have increased by 1 per cent, to 29,570 crimes during 2014-15. This is an increase of 295 crimes. Some of this is down to changes in the way crime is recorded, and it also includes the results of historic cases of abuse at the Medomsley Detention Centre
The report also shows that 90 per cent of those who have completed the victim satisfaction survey in the past year were satisfied with the overall service they received – placing Durham near the top of the league table nationally for victim satisfaction.
The Public Performance Report is available at : http://www.durham-pcc.gov.uk/Your-Police/Performance/Police-Performance.aspx
Posted on Friday 5th June 2015