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Below you will find the latest News articles from the Office of The Durham Police, Crime & Victims Commissioner.

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PCC Consults Public on Cost of Policing

PCC Consults Public on Cost of Policing

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January 3, 2022
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New specialist posts help PCC strengthen the voice of victims of crime

New specialist posts help PCC strengthen the voice of victims of crime

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December 30, 2021
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PCC’s robust plans for a safer future unveiled to the public

Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen today unveiled her blueprint for a safer County Durham and Darlington

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December 16, 2021
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Police and Crime Commissioner agrees company to build new Investigative Hub

PCC Joy Allen has announced a preferred company to build Durham Constabulary’s new investigative hub near Spennymoor.

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December 9, 2021
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PCC Welcomes Focus of Government Drug Strategy

Joy Allen has cautiously welcomed the government’s new ten year drug strategy that was announced on Monday

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December 8, 2021
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PCC supports changes to Policing Bill

Durham PCC Joy Allen, is supporting the changes the Home Secretary Priti Patel has agreed to make to the Policing Bill

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December 2, 2021
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PCC and Shadow Minister Visit to joint Tri Responders in Stanhope

PCC and Shadow Minister Visit to joint Tri Responders in Stanhope

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November 26, 2021
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Durham PCC supports White Ribbon Day

Today White Ribbon Day marks the beginning of 16 days of action to raise awareness and promote the elimination of violence against women and girls.

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November 25, 2021
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Positive action taken to improve road safety‍

Durham PCC welcomes new scrutiny volunteers

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November 19, 2021
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Durham PCC welcomes new scrutiny volunteers

Durham PCC welcomes new scrutiny volunteers

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November 17, 2021
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Deputy PCC appointed for County Durham and Darlington

Deputy PCC appointed for County Durham and Darlington

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November 5, 2021
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“We need to address gambling addiction where it is a driver of crimes” urges Durham PCC Joy Allen

Following a report published by PHE Joy Allen demands more needs to done to recognise problem gambling.

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November 1, 2021
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‘PCCs have a big responsibility to provide a voice for the public in policing and criminal justice to ensure that we are playing our part in tackling the climate emergency’ says PCC ahead of COP26

Joy Allen says we need to invest in new technologies and work to be more sustainable and efficient ahead of COP26.

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October 29, 2021
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PCC Statement following Budget and Comprehensive Spending Review

Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen has responded to the Chancellor’s Budget and Comprehensive Spending Review

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October 28, 2021
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Report finds Durham Constabulary to be outstanding at tackling organised crime and for achieving value for money for people of County Durham and Darlington

Durham Constabulary is outstanding at tackling organised crime and achieving value for money for the people of County Durham inspectors have found

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October 27, 2021
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Durham Police and Crime Commissioner supports introduction of electronic tagging in new programme

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen has pledged her support to Durham Constabulary taking part in a new national scheme

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October 25, 2021
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Community Peer Mentor wins Lord Ferrers Award

Community Peer Mentor Chloe Hammond wins the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Volunteer Award at the Lord Ferrers Awards. 

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October 21, 2021
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Commissioner to host Public Accountability Meeting focusing on Off-Road Bikes

Next month’s meeting will be on Thursday 24 November and will focus on off-road bikes

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October 21, 2021
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PCC Joy Allen welcomes evidenced based recommendations to inform drug policy on Nitrous Oxide

PCC Joy Allen welcomes evidenced based recommendations to inform drug policy on Nitrous Oxide

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October 8, 2021
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Durham PCC awarded over £450,000 to make streets safer for women and girls

IMPROVED street lighting, e-bikes and a series of education projects are being introduced to make streets safer.

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October 6, 2021
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PCC statement following Sarah Everard Murder Court Case

PCC statement following Sarah Everard Murder Court Case

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September 30, 2021
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Police and Crime Commissioner supports One Punch Awareness Week

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen has pledged her support to One Punch Awareness Week which starts today (Monday 20thSeptember).

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September 20, 2021
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PCC thanks residents for providing feedback for the new Police and Crime Plan‍

PCC thanks residents for providing feedback for the new Police and Crime Plan

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September 10, 2021
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PCC welcomes Victims' Survey results and agrees more needs to be done to empower victims

Today Dame Vera Baird QC, Victims’ Commissioner published findings of a survey which reveals victims are losing faith in the criminal justice system

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September 9, 2021
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Police and Crime Commissioner Speaks at Security Conference

This week Durham PCC Joy Allen was a keynote speaker at the International Arts and Antiquities Security Forum Conference 2021

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September 3, 2021
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£830,000 from Safer Streets Fund for Darlington and Easington

New street surveillance cameras and security measures for homes are set to be installed in County Durham and Darlington.

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September 2, 2021
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PCC approves plans for centralised custody and investigations suite

Joy Allen has today (27 August) approved plans for a centralised custody and investigations suite in Spennymoor.

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August 27, 2021
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Darlington Borough Council launch consultation on Gambling Policy

A public consultation has been launched by Darlington Borough Council following a review of Darlington’s Gambling Policy.

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August 26, 2021
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PCC marks 100 days in office

Today marks 100 days since Joy Allen took her post as the new Police and Crime Commissioner.

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August 21, 2021
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Still time to have your say on a new Police and Crime Plan for County Durham and Darlington

A survey launched for members of the public to share their views about local policing in County Durham and Darlington has been extended.

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August 19, 2021
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Police and Crime Commissioner puts the needs of victims at the top of her agenda

PCC for Durham has launched a recruitment exercise to appoint an Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) and Victims’ champion.

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August 18, 2021
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Community Speed Watch receive funding to improve road safety and tackle speeding

Community Speed Watch receive funding to improve road safety and tackle speeding

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August 16, 2021
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PCC secures new funding to help prevent domestic abuse in County Durham and Darlington

More than £320k has been secured to tackle domestic abuse following a successful partnership bid to the Home Office.

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August 12, 2021
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Commissioner commits to open and transparent democracy

PCC to hold first public accountability meeting around centralised custody proposal.

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August 12, 2021
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PCC responds to HMICFRS report on fraud

PCC responds to HMICFRS report on fraud

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August 5, 2021
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PCC responds to ONS Drug Related Deaths statistics

PCC Allen states more needs to be done to support those with drug addiction to help them recover and get their life back.

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August 4, 2021
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PCC’s plan to tackle anti-social behaviour is top priority

Tackling and preventing anti-social behaviour is a top priority for Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen.

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July 23, 2021
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Have your say on a new Police and Crime Plan for County Durham and Darlington

PCC Joy Allen, is today launching a survey for members of the public to share their views about local policing in County Durham and Darlington.

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July 22, 2021
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PCC addresses government plans to tackle violence against women and girls

Today the government has published their strategy for tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG).

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July 21, 2021
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First Police and Crime Panel meeting for new PCC

PCC Joy Allen has spoken at her first Police and Crime Panel meeting today (Monday 19 July).

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July 19, 2021
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Darlington to mark UK’s first ASB Awareness Week

Darlington will mark the UK’s first ASB Awareness Week with a series of community walkabouts.  

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July 16, 2021
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APCC appoints PCC Joy Allen Joint Lead and Deputy Lead across a range of portfolios

APCC announced today which portfolios PCC Joy Allen will serve as Joint and Deputy lead.

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July 15, 2021
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PCC is calling for MPs to protect shopworkers

PCC Allen is calling for MPs to support amendments which would protect shopworkers to the Police, Crime,Sentencing and Courts Bill.

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July 2, 2021
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PCC welcomes HMICFRS report on domestic abuse but urges more needs to be done

Earlier this week HMICFRS published a report praising the policing of domestic abuse across England and Wales during the pandemic.

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June 25, 2021
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PCC joins partners for official opening of Sexual Assault Referral Centre in County Durham

Today (Saturday 19th June), marks the official opening of the Sexual Assault Referral Centre in County Durham.

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June 19, 2021
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PCC shadows control room to observe demand

PCC shadows control room to observe demand

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June 11, 2021
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PCC praises work of Neighbourhood Watch Volunteers

PCC praises work of Neighbourhood Watch Volunteers

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June 11, 2021
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PCC took oath of impartiality to service public with integrity

Last month PCC Joy Allen swore her official oath of office so she could quickly get to grips with tackling the local communities policing priorities.

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June 7, 2021
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Durham PCC awarded over £670,000 to make streets safer

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office have been awarded £670,864 from the Home Office to tackle neighbourhood crime and make streets safer.

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June 4, 2021
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Scrutiny panel volunteer recruitment now open

The ODPCC is looking to recruit several individuals with a variety of experience to become scrutiny panel volunteers.

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June 3, 2021
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Several previous clients of the Community Peer Mentor scheme turned volunteers

10 previous clients of the Community Peer Mentor programme in County Durham and Darlington have now become volunteer mentors to help others

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June 2, 2021
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Funding boost for domestic abuse and sexual violence services in County Durham and Darlington

Funding boost for domestic abuse and sexual violence services in County Durham and Darlington

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May 17, 2021
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Joy Allen commences office as the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham

Today (Thursday13 May), marks the first day in office for Joy Allen as the new Police and Crime Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington.

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May 13, 2021
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Joy Allen elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham

Joy Allen has been elected the next Police and Crime Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington.

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May 8, 2021
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Briefing Session for Police and Crime Commissioner Candidates

People wishing to stand as a candidate to become  PCC for Durham and Darlington in May's election can take part in a joint online briefing session

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April 6, 2021
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Online support sessions being trialled for victims of hate crime

Online support sessions will be available from next month for victims of hate crime to ‘drop-in’ virtually and seek advice from specialist officers.

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April 6, 2021
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Additional security measures secured as the safer streets project ends

Further security measures have been secured in Horden, including alarm and security cameras for empty properties to be installed by the end of March

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March 23, 2021
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Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2021-2025

Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2021-2025

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March 18, 2021
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PCVC provides reassurance following national dog theft survey results

Results showed perception to dog theft being high, however out of 124,729 people who responded, 0.3% had their dog stolen.

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March 18, 2021
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PCVC launches new website today

The Office of the Durham, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner launch their brand-new website today.

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March 15, 2021
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Briefing session for Police and Crime Commissioner candidates

People wishing to stand as a candidate for the PCC for County Durham and Darlington in May’s election can take part in an online briefing session

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March 15, 2021
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Further resource made available to support intermediaries in their work with vulnerable victims of crime

A new interactive resource has been created alongside existing innovative resource booklets to further support vulnerable victims of crime.

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March 11, 2021
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PCVC launches newly formed Complaints Panel

A new Independent Complaints Scrutiny Panel has been launched to ensure independence in analysing and reviewing a proportion of public complaint cases

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March 9, 2021
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PCVC supports one punch campaign

The Office of the Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (ODPCVC) is behind MPs campaign looking at sentencing around one punch assaults.

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March 5, 2021
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PCVC'S Office Highly Commended For Transparency and Openness

The OPCVC has received a national prestigious award for its commitment to being open and transparent.

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February 23, 2021
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Local project to discourage speeding in Hunwick wins PCVC support

The Keeping Hunwick Safe project run by the Hunwick Community, Social and Environmental Group has been awarded £2,500

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February 19, 2021
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Extra funding for services providing support for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence

Organisations providing domestic abuse or sexual violence support services in County Durham and Darlington are urged to apply for additional funding

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February 16, 2021
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Darlington's youth offending team rated 'outstanding'

The Youth Offending Team (YOT) in Darlington has been awarded ‘outstanding’ by HM Inspectorate of Probation.

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February 10, 2021
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RSACC launches its first radio ad campaign to support survivors during COVID-19 lockdown

RSACC is to launch it’s first ever radio advertisement campaign to promote it’s Helpline.

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February 8, 2021
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Overwhelming majority support given for increase in police element of Council Tax

The amount of Council Tax the public pay for the police service, known as the police precept, will increase for 2021-22 by 7% in County Durham

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February 4, 2021
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Funding lifeline for local group to deliver online workshops around community safety

The Together for Safer Communities project, run by ATOMS Education, has been awarded £8,500

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February 3, 2021
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Durham officers among first to carry life-saving drug which will temporarily overcome the effects of a drug overdose

Durham Constabulary trauma trained officers are among the first in the country to carry a life-saving drug

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January 28, 2021
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Further support provided to victims that are experiencing court delays

Further support provided to victims that are experiencing court delays

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January 27, 2021
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Independent Chair of the External Strategic Scrutiny Governance Group

The ODPCVC is looking to recruit an Independent Chair of the External Strategic Scrutiny Governance Group.

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January 21, 2021
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PCVC to hold first ever BUS scrutiny panel next week

A new independent scrutiny panel is being launched next week to ensure members of the public have a voice in analysing police procedures

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January 12, 2021
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APCVC urges victims of abuse support services are still available during lockdown

Steve White, Acting Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner has urged victims not to suffer in silence if they are experiencing domestic abuse

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January 7, 2021
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FUNDING LIFELINE PROVIDED TO YOUTH CENTRE IN BISHOP AUCKLAND

The Durham PCVC is delighted to have been able to provide a share of this funding to the Auckland Youth Community Centre

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December 15, 2020
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Planning application for new custody and investigation suite submitted by Durham Constabulary

Plans have been submitted by Durham Constabulary to build a new 48-cell custody and investigations suite.

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December 11, 2020
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Punched Out Cold Campaign 2020

Enjoying the party season will not be the same this year, but one mother’s message remains consistent.

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December 4, 2020
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Proposed Custody Facility in Durham -FAQ's

Proposed Custody Facility in Durham -FAQ's

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November 30, 2020
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Additional funding for domestic abuse and sexual violence services in County Durham and Darlington

Additional funding for domestic abuse and sexual violence services in County Durham and Darlington

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November 27, 2020
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16 Days of Action

This year, White Ribbon Day is 25 November 2020 and the 16 Days of Action to end domestic abuse

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November 25, 2020
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Safer Streets Scheme

A scheme to protect hundreds of homes across County Durham and Darlington by reducing burglaries

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October 26, 2020
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Seven strong on modern slavery purge

Seven PCC's and their respective Chief Constables have each worked together to develop a Modern Slavery Transparency in Supply Chains Statement.

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October 16, 2020
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Community groups and voluntary sector organisations have the opportunity to apply for a grant, thanks to a Community Safety Fund launched today

Funding is available for projects and initiatives, which help to keep communities safe and contribute towards inspiring public confidence.

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August 24, 2020
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Funding lifeline given to service for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse

Funding lifeline given to service for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse

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August 10, 2020
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Safer Streets Fund

Success for County Durham and Darlington as they secure winning bidsto the £25 million Safer Streets Fund

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July 27, 2020
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Statement from Acting PCVC Mr Steve White on force report in relation to Mr Dominic Cummings

Statement from Acting PCVC Mr Steve White on force report in relation to Mr Dominic Cummings

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May 28, 2020
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Steve White, Acting Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner update

Steve White, Acting Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner update

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May 21, 2020
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PCVC amends plan to support Constabulary response to ongoing pandemic

PCVC Steve White has agreed with the Chief Constable an amendment to the ‘Work Plan

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April 30, 2020
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PCVC uses innovative online technology to understand the views of the community

PCVC uses innovative online technology to understand the views of the community

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April 23, 2020
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PCVC welcomes funding for victim service providers

PCVC welcomes funding for victim service providers

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April 20, 2020
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Resources for victims now available

Resources for victims now available

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March 26, 2020
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Intermediaries for Justice resource packs available

Intermediaries for Justice resource packs available

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March 10, 2020
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Increase in police element of Council Tax to go ahead

The amount of Council Tax the public pay for the police service, known as the police precept, will increase for 2020-21 by 5%

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February 6, 2020
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PCVC proposes to increase Police element of Council tax to maintain services

PCVC proposes to increase Police element of Council tax to maintain services

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January 23, 2020
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Acting PCVC Steve White visits Kings Church Foodbank

The food bank has been running for 8 years and every year it is in more demand and every year brings new challenges.

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January 14, 2020
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Pioneering harm reduction drug safety testing service available in Durham

Pioneering harm reduction drug safety testing service available in Durham

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November 30, 2018
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Plans to use Naloxone in custody suites, as drug deaths rise again

Plans to use Naloxone in custody suites, as drug deaths rise again

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August 6, 2018
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Mental health Trust joins forces with local police

Mental health Trust joins forces with local police

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September 14, 2017
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