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Mike Barton will leave Durham Constabulary in safe hands, says Ron Hogg

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Departing Chief Constable Mike Barton’s legacy is an amazing team of Police Officers and staff says Ron Hogg, after Mr Barton announced his decision to retire after 39 years in policing and seven years running Durham Constabulary.

Reflecting on Mr Barton’s period in office, Police Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC) Ron Hogg said “I have been very fortunate to have had such a dedicated, forward thinking and passionate Chief Constable since being first elected as the PCVC for Durham and Darlington in 2012”.

“Mike Barton will leave Durham Constabulary as the only Police Force in the country that has been rated by Inspectors as ‘outstanding’ for effectiveness and efficiency for the past three years. His impact extends nationally and internationally – a position unprecedented in the history of Durham Constabulary. Mike’s leadership has been unequivocal, bringing about change whilst focusing on the importance of community safety and neighbourhood policing.”

Ron highlighted the partnership that he and Mike Barton established, sharing common views on the importance of reforming drug policy, and on innovative approaches to policing and criminal justice such as the Checkpoint programme. Ron commented “Mike’s support in my endeavours to change Government policy on drugs will no doubt continue so that lasting policy reform is achieved, bringing effective treatment and therefore prevention. We will continue to pursue this locally to prove detractors wrong.”

Ron Hogg will put in place an open recruitment process for the new Chief Constable. He said “they will be most fortunate to have such an amazing team of officers and staff to lead”.

Ron concluded by saying “I am glad you are able to say that you have had fun in this post, and I think it fair to say that with you as Chief Constable, there has rarely been a dull moment! I am grateful to you and your family, and in particular your wife Maggie, for allowing us to borrow you.”

 Letter from Chief to PCVC

 Reply from PCVC to Chief

Posted on Monday 11th March 2019
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