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New report shows confidence in the Police is on the rise

2016-17 Durham Q4 Performance Summary Image

Image: Summary report image for year end performance data 2016-17

Confidence in Policing is high in Durham and Darlington, according the latest Performance Report published today by Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner, Ron Hogg.

According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, 83% of residents of the Durham Constabulary area have confidence in the Police – the sixth highest in the country – and confidence has risen by 5% over the previous 12 months.

The report, which covers the period between April 2016 and March 2017, also reveals that 87% of victims of crime are satisfied with their experience with the Police.

Ron commented: “This is the third highest level of victim satisfaction in the country, and shows that our approach to supporting victims is succeeding. We will continue to act on evidence to improve the service further, so that every victims receives an outstanding service. The high level of confidence in our officers is great news, because it indicates that when people report an incident they know that it will be taken seriously.”

The Performance Report also announces reductions in anti-social behaviour in every part of the Constabulary’s area, including a 30% fall in Crook and a reduction of 24% in Barnard Castle. The average reduction across Durham and Darlington is 14%.

The report also shows that victim-based recorded crime has increased by 25%. National crime recording guidelines have recently been amended, which has led to cases of harassment being recorded as crimes when they may not have been previously. This has contributed to the increase in levels of recorded crime, and to the drop in Anti-Social Behaviour. There have been increases in burglary, vehicle crime, shoplifting and criminal damage.

Ron added: “I would like to assure people that the Constabulary continues to develop and implement plans to tackle these increases. I will continue to monitor all crime, public confidence and victim satisfaction closely, and continue to publish performance information in an open and transparent way.”

Ron concluded: “It is important to remember that County Durham and Darlington area is one of the safest in the country to live, work, visit and do business”.

Ron’s Public Performance Report is available on his website at: www.durham-pcc.gov.uk.

Further crime prevention advice is available on the Durham Constabulary website at www.durham.police.uk .

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Posted on Friday 30th June 2017
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