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More services for residents and victims, despite recent funding challenges

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Image: Cover of PCVC Ron Hogg's Annual Report 2016-17

IMPROVED SERVICES of support, safety and guidance for residents, businesses and victims of crime implemented during 2016-17, have been highlighted in a new report published today.

The latest Annual Report by Ron Hogg, the Police and Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC) for County Durham and Darlington, sets out for the public how the Police and other partner organisations met the objectives which Ron has set for them.

The Report highlights a bespoke Victim Care and Advice Service (VCAS) launched on behalf of victims, a Restorative Justice pilot supporting victims in Durham Crown Court as well as the Checkpoint Programme, which has won a national Howard League for Penal Reform Award.

Ron said: “After being re-elected to this role in May 2016, I decided to change my job title to Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner in order to emphasise the priority I want to give to victims of crime and anti-social behaviour in my second term. I released my new Police, Crime and Victims’ Plan in November. This followed extensive consultation with local people, which enabled me to get a really good understanding of local issues.”

Ron’s key objectives for 2016-17 were to tackle crime and keep communities safe, support victims and the vulnerable, and inspire confidence in policing and the criminal justice system.

The report shows that 73% of people surveyed had confidence in policing (a slight decrease compared to the previous year), but that 87% of victims were satisfied with the whole experience from the support they received. The report also describes the outcomes of assessments by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), whereby Durham Constabulary is currently the best police force in the country for the third year running.

Ron commented: “Being accountable to the public is important. I use the Annual Report to let the public know how the objectives which I set, based on their priorities, were delivered over the past year.

“2016-17 has been a satisfying and successful year but there are still challenges ahead. The Force now has 400 fewer officers than in 2010, and there have also been reductions in the number of police staff and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). I will continue to campaign to Government to ensure that we receive a fair funding settlement for County Durham and Darlington.”

To find out about other key achievements, services for victims, projects funded through the Community Safety Fund, and how Ron has scrutinised police performance during 2016-17, view the Annual Report at: www.durham-pcc.gov.uk, or search for Durham PCC on Facebook and Twitter.


Notes for Editors

  1. The Government requires, under statute, that all Police and Crime Commissioners publish an annual report for the public.
  2. A direct link to the Annual Report can be found here.
  3. Some of the key achievements during 2016-17 (page 4 in the Report) included:
    • Durham Constabulary is the best force in the country, for the third year running.
    • Review of the Local Criminal Justice Board leads to a seamless service for victims.
    • Durham’s first Young Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner elected.
    • Rural Crime and Policing Statement launched.
    • Collaboration with County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service extended.
    • First ‘quad-station’ in the country opened in Barnard Castle.
    • Checkpoint programme winning a national Howard League for Penal Reform Award.
    • Rape Scrutiny Panel gives effective challenge on behalf of rape victims.
    • New magazine, HoggWatch, enhances communication across the Force area.
    • Bespoke Victim Care and Advice Service (VCAS) launched on behalf of all victims.
    • Restorative Justice pilot supporting victims in Durham Crown Court.
    • Campaigning for fair funding settlement, and changes to policies which affect quality of life.
    • 20,000 people attended the Celebration of Local Superheroes public event.
    • Supported numerous community and partner events including Durham Pride.
    • 446 cases handled by the Restorative Hub.
    • PCVC office re-located to Police Headquarters.
    • Purchase of a building for the North East Regional Specialist Operations Unit (NERSOU).
Posted on Wednesday 5th July 2017
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