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Ron's Annual Report for 2017-18

IMPROVED SERVICES for residents, businesses and victims of crime during 2017-18, have been highlighted in a new report published today.

The latest Annual Report by Ron Hogg, the Police, 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 set in 2017-18.

The report highlights the importance of joint-working between organisations to deliver services to combat crime, support victims and reduce re-offending in Durham and Darlington. The Cleveland and Durham Local Criminal Justice Plan, for example, brings together agencies with responsibility for delivering criminal justice, and demonstrates a commitment to achieving an end-to-end service for victims of crime and anti-social behaviour, and a joined-up process for rehabilitating offenders and reducing reoffending.

Another key priority during the year was services for victims. Ron launched a Hate Crime Advocacy Service, which helps victims of hate crime to have a voice and make it more likely that offenders are brought to justice. A similar service was launched to support victims with mental ill-health.

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

“2017-18 has been a satisfying and successful year but crime has been rising and 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.

“Durham Constabulary continues to be the most effective and efficient force in the country, and research shows that local people have greater confidence in the Police than almost anywhere else in the country. They can be confident that when they report a crime or incident, it will be taken seriously.”

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 2017-18, view the Annual Report at: www.durham-pcc.gov.uk, or search for Durham PCC on Facebook and Twitter.

Posted on Tuesday 26th June 2018
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