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PCVC launches new plan to tackle crime and support victims

Ron Hogg at Launch of new Plan

Ron Hogg, PCVC Speaking at the launch of the New Police, Crime and Victims' Plan 2018-2021

A new plan to tackle crime and support victims across county Durham and Darlington has been launched by Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner today.  The plan sets out the PCVC’s Vision, the outcomes he wishes to achieve, and twelve key priorities which he will focus on over the period to 2021. 

The refreshed plan builds on the foundations of the previous plan, and once again emphasises the role of the PCVC in holding the Constabulary to account.  

The Plan sets out Ron’s new vision, which is: “County Durham and Darlington are areas where all communities are safe, victims and vulnerable people feel supported, crime and reoffending are low, and people have confidence in policing and the criminal justice system’.  

The plan introduces four ‘outcomes’, replacing the three ‘aims’ in the previous plan. This change emphasises the importance of delivery, in partnership.  It also takes the objectives of the Local Criminal Justice Partnership (LCJP) Plan, and the action plans of the two Community Safety Partnerships and associates them with the new outcomes of the Plan. The new plan therefore represents real co-delivery by a wide partnership of organisations. 

Putting victims first remains the golden thread of the plan, with a stronger emphasis on reducing re-offending. 

Speaking at the launch of the plan, Ron Hogg said:

“The emphasis on reducing re-offending into my new plan is key.  No one asks to be a victim, and they should be fully supported to help them cope and recover from their ordeal.  We have a number of services in place to help victims to do this. We are continually evaluating our services and looking to make improvements. 

The number of victims will be reduced if we can reduce the levels of re-offending.  We are forward thinking about the options available to help us tackle these issues, and we are finding the use of diversion schemes such as Checkpoint are having a far greater impact upon reducing reoffending rates, than the traditional criminal justice methods. 

I am keen to focus on arrangements for people who leave prison, as no one should leave without access to finance, healthcare and housing.  These are basic needs and if they are not met then offenders can revert back to their old ways just to get by. We need to change this to give people the best chance possible, and to reduce the number of victims.”

Ron was joined at the launch by representatives from the Police and Crime Panel, Durham Constabulary, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, Durham County Council, and HMP Durham, emphasising the real partnership approach across the force area.


Notes to editors:

For more information contact Jon Carling on 07814 174417 or email pcvc.media@durham.pcc.pnn.gov.uk

The new plan can be found online here: https://www.durham-pcc.gov.uk/Your-PCC/Police-Crime-and-Victims-Plan/Police-Crime-and-Victims-Plan.aspx

Photo attached: Ron Hogg, speaking at the Launch.

Posted on Monday 16th July 2018
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