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New Plan for Policing in County Durham and Darlington


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Ron Hogg, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham, has published a new Police and Crime Plan for 2015-17. The Police and Crime Plan provides direction for the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary, and also sets out the PCC’s plans and how he intends to work with partners and support victims of crime.

Key changes include an increased focus on mental health, innovative work to reduce reoffending, and a new regular public report to hold the police force to account.

The plan sets out four key objectives: Increasing Confidence, Supporting Victims, Keeping Communities Safe and Delivering an Efficient Police Force.

The plan was drawn up following a public consultation in which each of the PCC’s proposed priorities received overwhelming support. The PCC has published a summary of the consultation responses to enable the public to see what was said and how he has responded in developing the final plan.

Mr Hogg said: “I am enormously grateful to everyone who has contributed to this plan, which reflects local views and sets out plans for a police force of which we can be proud. Durham Constabulary is an outstanding police force, and I intend to work with its officers and staff to continue to deliver excellent policing for every community in Durham and Darlington."

Durham is leading the way in a number of areas to deliver policing:

  • Body Worn Video Cameras issued to every front-line Police Officer and Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)
  • The largest stock of electronic tags in the country, which are proven to reduce reoffending
  • The “Checkpoint” initiative to reduce reoffending
  • First public performance report of its kind in the country – so residents can see what’s really happening with crime in their area
  • The only force in the country to receive an “outstanding” grading from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabularies (HMIC) for investigating crime.

The plan clearly sets out, for each of the objectives, Mr Hogg’s key areas of focus– including domestic abuse, violence against women and girls, road safety, and anti-social behaviour – what he and the constabulary will do, and how they will work with partners. It also sets out how the PCC will spend his budget, including new services for victims of crime, and how he will hold the Chief Constable to account.

Councillor Lucy Hovvels, Chair of the Durham Police and Crime Panel said: "Partnership working is central to many areas of the new Police and Crime Plan, something which we are already doing very efficiently in County Durham and Darlington. It is vital that we continue to work together, for the benefit of residents and victims of crime."

Residents are encouraged to visit www.durham-pcc.gov.uk to view the plan and the first Public Performance Report.


Notes to Editors

  1. The Police and Crime Plan has been approved by the Police and Crime Panel, which includes councillors from both Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council, and is chaired by Councillor Lucy Hovvels.
  2. The Chief Constable and his senior team were thoroughly consulted on the content of the plan, which also takes into account the Constabulary’s own Strategic Assessment.
  3. The Plan is available in both printable and electronic form at: www.durham-pcc.gov.uk.
  4. The Public Performance Report was published on 25th February 2015 and is available at: http://www.durham-pcc.gov.uk/Your-Police/Performance/Police-Performance.aspx.


Posted on Tuesday 24th March 2015
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