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PCC funds free signal-blocking pouches to tackle car theft and boost road safety.

Police to give away free pouches to motorists to help prevent mobile phone distractions at the wheel and tackle car theft thanks to funding by PCC.

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February 29, 2024
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PCC funded scheme comes to the aid of secondary school hit by cyber attack.

Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen praised cyber security experts for coming to the aid of a Durham secondary school following a cyber attack.

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February 20, 2024
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New ‘lifeline’ payments to help victims of domestic abuse flee dangerous relationships welcomed by PCC.

Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen has welcomed new funding to give victims of domestic abuse fresh support to escape their abusers.

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February 12, 2024
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New support role announced to strengthen the voice of sexual violence victims in police investigations.

PCC has announced the launch of a new post to support victims of sexual violence during the early stages of a police investigation.

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February 9, 2024
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Darlington and County Durham’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre to train Durham City workers to prevent sexual violence and harassment.

Darlington and County Durham’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre receives Safer Streets funding to deliver bystander training workshops.

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February 7, 2024
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PCC secures temporary base for Newton Aycliffe Police Station.

PCC announces a temporary home for Neighbourhood and Response policing teams in Newton Aycliffe as work continues to identify a permanent police base.

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February 7, 2024
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PCC funds specialist support worker to help bereaved families and witnesses impacted by road tragedies.

Commissioner Allen has announced funding for a new specialist worker to enhance support for victims and witnesses of road tragedies.

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February 6, 2024
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PCC’s funding plan will protect police numbers and reinforce neighbourhood policing.

PCC puts forward plans to protect policing levels as the force continues to miss out on crucial extra government funding.

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February 1, 2024
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New action plan launched to help young people escape serious violence.

PCC has unveiled a new joint blueprint setting out how partners will work together to protect young people from being drawn into serious violence.

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January 31, 2024
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PCC asks Durham residents how safe they feel as ASB crackdown continues.

PCC asks Durham residents how safe they feel as ASB crackdown continues.

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January 26, 2024
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PCC reaffirms plans for stronger frontline as Neighbourhood Policing Week of Action launches.

PCC Joy Allen has thrown her full support behind Chief Constable Rachel Bacon’s pledge to bolster officer numbers across the county.

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January 23, 2024
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PCC ‘disappointed’ as calls ignored for a courts’ inspection body.

PCC expresses disappointment at the Government’s reluctance to launch an independent watchdog to oversee the courts service.

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January 17, 2024
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PCC’s interactive safety scheme attracts 3000 sign-ups in first 3 months.

More than 3000 school pupils have signed up to a new interactive crime prevention project spearheaded by Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen.

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January 15, 2024
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PCC hits out against “deeply flawed” police funding policy as Durham loses out again.

Inadequate government funding to meet policing demand across County Durham and Darlington is once again going to hit the force hard, warns PCC.

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January 5, 2024
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Tougher action to crackdown on spiking welcomed by PCC.

Commissioner Allen has welcomed government plans to crackdown on illegal spiking by modernising laws to protect future victims.

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December 19, 2023
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New survey lifts the lid on retail crime and abuse across County Durham and Darlington.

Retail workers and businesses across County Durham and Darlington have shared their views on crime and workplace abuse as part of a force wide poll.

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December 13, 2023
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PCC backs national campaign to prevent homicide this winter.

Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen has today offered her full support to a new national campaign to prevent homicide this winter.

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December 11, 2023
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PCC announces £500,000 investment to build brighter futures and prevent serious violence throughout County Durham and Darlington.

Commissioner Allen is calling for bids from expert providers to reduce the impact and frequency of serious violence within our communities.

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December 8, 2023
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Residents make their views known on future of Newton Aycliffe Police Station.

Commissioner Allen has announced the results of a new poll gauging public opinion on the future of Newton Aycliffe Police Station.

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December 7, 2023
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Police and Crime Commissioner urges public to have their say on policing priorities and police funding in County Durham and Darlington.

The annual precept survey has been launched to ask local residents how much they are prepared to pay towards local policing through their council tax.

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November 30, 2023
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PCC funds new guides to support vulnerable young people and female detainees in police custody.

PCC Allen funds two new guides to improve support for young people and adults with learning disabilities and female detainees who come into custody.

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November 27, 2023
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PCC Joy Allen responds to report from His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS).

PCC Joy Allen responds to report from His Majesty’sInspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS).

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November 17, 2023
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PCC reports on progress to make County Durham and Darlington safer and stronger.

Commissioner Allen has received full approval for her latest Annual Report detailing the sweeping safety improvements she made in 2022-23.

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November 13, 2023
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PCC toasts £1m funding boost to make the streets of County Durham and Darlington safer, stronger and more resilient to crime and anti-social behaviour.

Commissioner Allen has secured extra funding worth £1m to improve safety in public spaces across the county’s rural and urban communities.

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November 2, 2023
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PCC’s youth safety scheme expands to the rest of County Durham and Darlington.

Thousands of primary school children will be invited to join an interactive crime prevention scheme thanks to funding by Commissioner Allen.

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October 30, 2023
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PCC launches public consultation on the future of Newton Aycliffe police premises.

PCC launches public consultation on the future of Newton Aycliffe police premises.

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October 30, 2023
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Defibrillators installed outside 13 police stations in project backed by PCC.

Commissioner Allen has invested funding into a life-saving project to install defibrillators outside 13 police stations across the county.

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October 18, 2023
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Campaign unveiled to reach out to victims of hate crime across County Durham and Darlington

PCC Joy Allen is reaching out to victims of hate crime and urging them not to suffer in silence as she relaunches a major campaign

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October 9, 2023
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Rachel Bacon confirmed as next Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary.

Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen has confirmed the appointment of Rachel Bacon as the next Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary.

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September 25, 2023
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PCC announces preferred candidate for Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary.

Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen has announced her preferred candidate for the new Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary.

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September 5, 2023
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PCC announces roll-out of life-saving overdose drug to community mentors as UK marks national campaign.

PCC praised the rapid introduction of an overdose drug across County Durham and Darlington that is saving lives.

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August 31, 2023
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Drug crackdown brings closure of 1,300 county lines in 12 months but good work must continue, says PCC.

PCC welcomes national progress to crackdown on county lines and boost treatment referrals for people living with addiction.

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August 29, 2023
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PCC funds waiting room revamp to improve court experience for victims and witnesses of crime.

Victims and witnesses attending court hearings in Newton Aycliffe will benefit from improved facilities thanks to PCC funding.

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August 8, 2023
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Durham poised to net up to £1m to tackle public’s top priorities.

Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen has welcomed the prospect of a £1.4m funding grant to boost her public safety work.

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August 8, 2023
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PCC funds critical counselling service for women prisoners who are survivors of sexual violence or abuse.

A new counselling service has been funded by PCC to support female prisoners who have experienced sexual violence and abuse as adults or children.

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July 25, 2023
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Safety drills increase vulnerable youngsters’ resilience to harm.

An innovative programme to help vulnerable young people develop inner resilience and stay safe has been praised by Commissioner Allen.

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July 20, 2023
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Young crime-fighters shine in PCC’s awards celebration.

School pupils from across Ferryhill and West Cornforth have been honoured by Commissioner Allen after scooping gold in a new crime prevention scheme.

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July 19, 2023
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PCC urges public to remain vigilant to nitrous oxide use to keep young people safe.

PCC has urged the public to report sightings of discarded nitrous oxide canisters in a bid to increase patrols in these areas.

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July 18, 2023
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PCC celebrates historic anniversary with dedicated law and order supporters.

PCC joined community crime-fighters to mark the historic anniversary of one of the last remaining ‘felons’ organisations in the country.

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July 12, 2023
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PCC’s £20,000 investment in CCTV will crackdown on fly-tipping.

PCC Joy Allen has agreed to invest £20k into state-of-the-art covert CCTV cameras as part of a tough action plan to tackle fly-tipping.

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July 7, 2023
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“Hotspot” policing patrols get underway across Durham as part of a multiagency crackdown on ASB

Targeted policing patrols to clamp downon anti-social behaviour have come into force across Durham this week as thenation marks ASB Awareness Week.

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July 5, 2023
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Major new campaign launched by PCC in ASB Awareness Week

A major new campaign to help people takea stand against anti-social behaviour has launched across County Durham andDarlington.

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June 30, 2023
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PCC reflects on top gains as she marks two years in office.

PCC Allen is celebrating the successes of her first 2 years in office bringing about reductions in neighbourhood crime and more officers on streets.

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June 23, 2023
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Darlington CCTV operators praised after 61 suspects arrested in one month.

PCC Joy Allen has praised the effectiveness of CCTV in Darlington after footage led to the arrest of 61 suspects in one month.

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June 19, 2023
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PCC congratulates Chief Constable on new appointment.

Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen has congratulated Chief Constable Jo Farrell following her appointment as the new head of Police Scotland.

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June 14, 2023
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PCC welcomes fresh calls for ‘outdated’ funding formula to be reformed.

Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen has welcomed a new national report which warns the current police funding system is not ‘fit for purpose’.

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June 9, 2023
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Dedicated Speedwatch champion honoured for decade of service in National Volunteers Week.

A former firefighter who has devoted 12 years to reducing speeding in his community has been honoured Commissioner Allen for National Volunteers Week.

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June 5, 2023
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Durham’s university bars ‘raise a glass’ to national safety award.

College bars at Durham University have been praised by PCC for meeting strict standards of safety as part of a national accreditation scheme.

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May 22, 2023
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PCC helping people feel safer with free security devices installed in Ferryhill and Peterlee homes.

PCC has praised the swift roll-out of a free security scheme helping former victims of crime and their neighbours to feel safer in their homes.

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May 2, 2023
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Police and Crime Commissioner welcomes Government backing on statutory duty for gambling industry – but calls for urgent implementation

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April 28, 2023
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PCC ‘proud’ as volunteers receive prestigious invites to King’s Coronation events.

Four outstanding Community Peer Mentor volunteers have been invited to Royal celebration events to mark King Charles III’s Coronation.

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April 27, 2023
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High praise for community charity helping volunteers to thrive.

Durham Community Action is one of the first organisations nationally to have achieved reaccreditation from the Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation.

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April 26, 2023
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Durham PCC to address regional conference on gambling harm

PCC Joy Allen has been invited to speak at a regional conference to highlight the innovative work she has headed to tackle gambling harm.

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April 17, 2023
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Durham at the forefront of tough national crackdown on Anti-Social Behaviour

A tough new action plan to rid communities of ASB and ensure offenders are punished swiftly is to get underway across the Durham Constabulary area.

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March 27, 2023
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Durham in national spotlight for success in disrupting drug supply chains.

Durham Constabulary’s success in taking millions of pounds of drugs off the streets features in a new national publication.

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March 24, 2023
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PCC welcomes Government crackdown on ‘laughing gas’ but says it does not go far enough.

Commissioner Allen has warned further action is needed by the Government to crackdown on the illegal sale and use of nitrous oxide.

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March 21, 2023
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PCC helps college staff switch on to the threat of cyber attacks.

Commissioner Allen and the North East Business Resilience Centre joint fund training event attended by more than 150 college staff.

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March 17, 2023
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PCC disappointed with Chancellor’s Budget

Commissioner Allen has spoken of her disappointment at the lack of any extra funding for policing in today’s Budget.

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March 16, 2023
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PCC delivers on promise to put more police officers on the streets.

Commissioner Allen has made vital progress on her pledge to deliver stronger local policing – welcoming an extra 226 police officers to the streets.

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March 13, 2023
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PCC welcomes mental health investment to free up police officers to fight crime.

Commissioner Allen has welcomed new Government support to help reduce the pressure of mental health issues on frontline policing services.

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March 9, 2023
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PCC highlights valuable work of Crimestoppers after anonymous reports from County Durham and Darlington surge by almost a third.

PCC has praised the work of Crimestoppers after new data revealed anonymous reports from the force area had surged in the past 12 months.

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March 2, 2023
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PCC set to examine police powers and use of Stop and Search in latest scrutiny meeting.

Commissioner Allen will review Stop and Search as part of her responsibility to maintain public confidence and trust in policing.

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February 27, 2023
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PCC requests hospital data to understand the health implications of ‘laughing gas’.

PCC has written to health bosses requesting data to help her understand the impact of the drug Nitrous Oxide across County Durham and Darlington.

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February 22, 2023
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County Durham PCC takes seat on government forum on drug reform.

Commissioner Allen has been invited to join a new national forum to help drive the delivery of drugs reform over the next ten years.

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February 20, 2023
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New duty puts PCCs at the forefront of efforts to reduce serious violence.

Commissioner Allen has welcomed new rules to ensure public bodies work closer together to tackle the root causes of serious violence.

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February 17, 2023
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PCC delivers on plan to increase police visibility and boost safety.

PCC publishes her Annual Report for a year in which she delivered a stronger policing presence and a reduction in anti-social behaviour.

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February 14, 2023
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PCC Astonished at Planning Outcome

PCC expresses surprise following DCC’s Planning Committee refusal to have a non-operational concrete communications mast permanently dismantled.

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February 10, 2023
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Police and Crime Commissioner’s budget plans help to protect strong frontline policing.

PCC confirms increase on the policing portion of the money people pay towards council tax to protect frontline policing across Force area.

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February 9, 2023
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PCC supports mother of tragic teenager to toughen laws against drug peddlers who sell to under 16s.

Commissioner Allen is supporting a campaign by the mother of tragic teenager Leah Heyes to toughen the punishment of drug dealers who sell to kids.

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February 3, 2023
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PCC calls on Home Secretary to urgently address concerns on nitrous oxide.

Commissioner Allen has written to the Home Secretary requesting the urgent publication of new research into the dangers of the drug nitrous oxide.

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January 23, 2023
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PCC ‘disappointed’ Government will not create specific spiking offence

PCC has expressed disappointment that the Government has overlooked calls to create a new offence of spiking.

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January 18, 2023
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Durham Constabulary first to receive free sanitary products from new joint funding opportunity.

Durham PCC has announced joint funding with Unison and the Police Federation to allow for free sanitary products for Durham Constabulary staff.

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January 17, 2023
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PCC praises contractors as new custody development nets £10m+ for local economy.

Contractors working on the Investigative Hub are celebrating a new milestone after boosting the social and economic value of the project beyond £10m.

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January 12, 2023
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Durham PCC calls for experiences of youth Stop and Search for new scrutiny group.

Durham PCC and Durham Constabulary are looking to jointly appoint members of the public for a scrutiny panel on youth stop and search practices.

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January 4, 2023
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Police and Crime Commissioner disappointed with government grant support.

Commissioner Allen has expressed her disappointment at the level of government grant to be received to provide policing services in 2023.

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December 16, 2022
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Commissioner Allen responds to Tees Valley Inclusion Project findings on ethnic minority victims of sexual abuse failings.

Commissioner Allen comments on the findings of a Tees Valley Inclusion Project investigation on ethnic minority victims of sexual abuse failings.

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December 16, 2022
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New online portals make it easier for victims of crime to receive support.

Victims of crime will be able to access help more easily thanks to the launch of two new websites for Community Peer Mentors and VCAS.

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December 9, 2022
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PCC Calls for Public Views on Cost of Policing for the Region

The PCC wants to hear from the public on how much they are willing to pay for policing services through their council tax.

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November 23, 2022
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Durham Constabulary commended on 23.5% reduction in Neighbourhood Crime

Commissioner Allen praises Durham Constabulary for the sweeping progress made against Police and Crime Plan.

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November 22, 2022
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Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, Joy Allen, reacts to autumn statement.

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, Joy Allen, has expressed her disappointment at the Chancellors autumn statement.

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November 18, 2022
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Partners join together to blow the final whistle on domestic abuse during FIFA men’s World Cup 2022.

A joint campaign leads the way on domestic abuse prevention during the FIFA men’s World Cup.

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November 18, 2022
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National recognition for PCC’s successful work supporting victims of crime.

County Durham and Darlington receive national recognition for improvements to the way victims of crime are supported.

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November 17, 2022
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Andrea Petty confirmed as new Chief of Staff for Durham Police and Crime Commissioners Office by Police and Crime Panel

Andrea Petty has been appointed as Chief of Staff of the Durham Police and Crime Commissioners Office, by the Police and Crime Panel.

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November 15, 2022
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'Majority of collisions are preventable, so education is paramount' says PCC ahead of Brake Road Safety roadshow.

For Brake Road Safety Week 2022, the PCC is holding roadshows to raise awareness around safer road practices across County Durham and Darlington.

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November 8, 2022
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PCC announces three years of continuous counselling funding for Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre for support to victims across County Durham and Darlington

Police and Crime Commissioner announces three years of continuous counselling funding for the Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre.

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November 3, 2022
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Public questions sought by PCC on driving whilst under the influence of drink and drugs

Driving whilst under the influence of drugs and alcohol will be put under the spotlight in the latest public accountability meeting.

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November 2, 2022
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Digital Champions programme begins to improve digital skills among the digitally excluded across County Durham and Darlington.

PCC's Office, in partnership with Barclays Digital Eagles, begins Digital Champions programme across County Durham and Darlington.

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October 25, 2022
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Charities celebrate £144k funding boost to prevent crime

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September 28, 2022
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Durham PCC recognised as first in the country to use Social Value Toolkit for custody provision project.

Office of Durham Police and Crime Commissioner been highlighted as a standout organisation for social value, due to its Investigative Hub project.

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September 23, 2022
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Cost of rural crime falls but Commissioner says there is no room for complacency

PCC Joy Allen has welcomed a new report that shows the county is making rapid progress in its fight against rural crime.

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September 22, 2022
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Community Peer Mentors presented Queens Award for Voluntary Service at Auckland Castle

Community Peer Mentors scheme was presented with a Queens Award at Auckland Castle, on the same day as the passing of Her Majesty the Queen.

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September 21, 2022
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Police and Crime Commissioner honours dedicated service of HRH Queen Elizabeth II

County Durham and Darlington PCC Joy Allen has joined the nation in expressing her sadness at the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.

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September 8, 2022
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Funding boost for victim support services across County Durham and Darlington

Additional funding has been awarded to victims services to go alongside new Front Door referral pathway.

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September 7, 2022
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Number Forty has opened in Darlington as part of Safer Streets partnership.

A new safe space has opened in Darlington to provide a haven for those on a night out who feel vulnerable, unwell, or have been a victim of crime.

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September 7, 2022
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Young ambassadors scoop first-ever Police and Crime Commissioner’s Commendation Award

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Determined youngsters from Ferryhill primary schools scoop a prestigious award in honour of their contribution to community safety.

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September 6, 2022
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Let’s make it easy…The Front Door is open for victims of crime and others wanting support

The Front Door, a new single point for referral, has been launched to make access into services easy and stress free for victims of crime.

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September 6, 2022
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Neighbourhood Watch launches national ‘Are you okay?’ campaign to tackle street harassment

Today, as part of a national initiative, Neighbourhood Watch will launch their ‘Are you okay?’ campaign.

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September 5, 2022
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New figures show high victim confidence in post-crime support services

A support service funded by PCC Joy Allen to help victims of crime is delivering huge improvements to health and wellbeing, new figures show.

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September 1, 2022
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Durham Constabulary begins police officer recruitment drive

Durham Constabulary begins drive for police degree and apprenticeship programmes, as part of pledge to recruit new officers.

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August 25, 2022
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Public questions sought by PCC on violence against retail workers

Violence and abuse against retail workers will be put under the spotlight in the latest accountability meeting to be hosted by PCC Joy Allen.

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August 18, 2022
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