Ron Hogg, Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner wants to reassure residents of County Durham and Darlington that anti-social behaviour is taken seriously across the force area.
This reassurance comes in response to the final national report by Baroness Newlove, the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales “Anti-Social Behaviour: Living a Nightmare”, in which she says that victims of anti-social behaviour are being let down by police, local councils and housing providers, with many victims having to suffer in silence.
Ron Hogg said “Durham Constabulary does take anti-social behaviour seriously but there is more to do. I have ensured that this selfish activity which can be, intimidating, destructive and disturbing and which can have a huge impact on a victims’ quality of life continues to be addressed in County Durham.
I have ensured that PCSO numbers have been maintained during the recent funding cuts, as they are a key resource in tackling anti-social behaviour. Something which many other forces have failed to do.
A recommendation from today published report is for victims to be involved in resolutions. In Durham we have been doing this for some time. We do this through the Restorative Hub which enables victims’ to attend resolution meetings or participate in mediation to communicate the impact that the behaviour has had on them. This has been hugely successful and has made a positive change on how we do things.
We work closely with both Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council when tackling anti-social behaviour. We are undertaking a review to ensure that we are approaching anti-social behaviour in the most effective and efficient ways possible, and that appropriate support for victims is maintained throughout.
I do not want victims to suffer in silence, I therefore encourage all victims to report incidents to the police, as without the reports they cannot help.”
Posted on Tuesday 30th April 2019