Image: PCVC Ron Hogg
A VISIONARY Plan by the Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC) has been launched today.
The new Police, Crime and Victims’ Plan for 2016-21, published by PCVC Ron Hogg, aims to inspire confidence in the police and criminal justice system, support victims and the vulnerable and tackle crime and keep our communities safe.
The Plan sets objectives for the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary, and also for the PCVC’s Office working in collaboration with partners.
When Ron was re-elected in May, he said that he would focus on improving services for victims of crime and anti-social behaviour in his second term of office.
In his Plan, Ron mentions his commitment to seeking opportunities to develop more services for victims over the coming years, which will be customised to the needs of individuals and specific groups.
These will be in addition to three new victims’ services already announced since May: a Hate Crime Advocacy Service, a Mental Health Advocacy Service, and the Victim Care and Advice Service which works with all victims and helps them to find the support they need.
The new Plan also puts a lot of emphasis on the role that Ron shares with Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner in Cleveland, chairing the Local Criminal Justice Board. Ron is keen to emphasise the work of colleagues across the Criminal Justice System to ensure that the services provided to victims and their families are effective, efficient, and as sympathetic as they possibly can be – and that agencies within the criminal justice system work together to improve efficiency and reduce reoffending.
The Plan also asserts the importance of tackling crime and anti-social behaviour. Durham Constabulary has received some outstanding ratings from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in recent years, and the Force will continue to work to ensure that these standards can be maintained.
Ron said “It is extremely important to me that local people have confidence in policing. That is why I have undertaken a huge consultation exercise this year, speaking to as many people as possible from all parts of County Durham and Darlington, to hear their views about what my priorities should be. I am very grateful to everyone who has taken part, and I have really tried to reflect their views in the Plan.”
Ron will publish two business plans, setting out how the Constabulary, and his own office, will translate the aims and objectives in the Plan into operational activities.
Councillor Joy Allen, Chair of the Durham Police and Crime Panel said: "The Panel firmly supports the aims and objectives within this important plan, and has praised the Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for a comprehensive document that clearly identifies approaches and outcomes to achieve the Plan’s aims and objectives. Partnership working is central to the delivery of the objectives in the Plan and there is already strong collaboration between the organisations involved.”
You can view the Plan on Ron’s website at www.durham-pcc.gov.uk or through social media – just search for Durham PCC.
Posted on Monday 7th November 2016