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Listening to the voice of rural communities

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THE importance that the police place on understanding issues affecting rural communities is at the centre of a new campaign launched today.

The month-long campaign, led by Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington, will gather public perceptions of rural policing, and raise awareness of preventing crime and anti-social behaviour.

Ron will be visiting many rural communities during the campaign, and he will also be using social media to promote the importance of reporting crimes, and how to avoid them occurring in the first place.

Ron said: “Earlier this year Chief Constable Mike Barton and I published our second rural policing statement. The statement sets out our commitment to rural communities, and what we are doing to ensure that policing in the rural parts of county Durham and Darlington is as effective as possible.”

Ron added, “I will be visiting the most rural parts of the area over the next few weeks to hear what people have to say. This will really help me to know what local people think the priorities for policing should be. I and my staff will be at the Wolsingham, Stanhope and Eggleston Shows, and the Hurworth Country Fair in September. I will also be hosting a public meeting in Middleton-in-Teesdale. I really look forward to people coming along and telling about their experiences”.

The campaign will also highlight what Durham Constabulary and its partners is doing to enhance the safety of rural communities.

More information about the campaign can be found on Ron’s website at: http://www.durham-pcc.gov.uk/Home.aspx or search for Durham PCC on Facebook and Twitter.

Notes for editors

Ron Hogg and members of his staff will be attending the following shows and events in September:

-          Wolsingham Show, Saturday 2 September

-          Stanhope Show, Saturday 9 September

-          Hurworth Country Fair, Saturday 16 September

-          Eggleston Show, Saturday 16 September

and a Community Day at the offices of UTASS (Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services), Middleton-in-Teesdale, at 2pm on Friday 15 September

 

Posted on Thursday 31st August 2017
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