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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 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

Commendation Award

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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Commissioner secures almost £1.5m funding jackpot to make County Durham and Darlington safer

Joy Allen has secured funding worth almost £1.5million to crackdown on anti-social behaviour and neighbourhood crime - and boost women’s safety.

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July 25, 2022
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New guidance welcomed to improve support for victims of anti-social behaviour

Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen has welcomed updated guidance to support the effective use of new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour.

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July 8, 2022
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Public invited to submit questions on alcohol-related anti-social behaviour

PCC Joy Allen will scrutinise the work to tackle alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in her next public accountability meeting.

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July 7, 2022
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Police and Crime Commissioner funds new network to step up response to modern slavery and human trafficking

Joy Allen has funded the appointment of Robin Brierley who will chair a new panel to coordinate the response to modern slavery & human trafficking

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June 20, 2022
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PCC Secures ‘Inspirational’ continuity at the top for Durham Constabulary

Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen has extended Durham Constabulary’s Chief Constable Jo Farrell’s contract by three years.

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June 16, 2022
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Leading mentorship project receives royal seal of approval with national award

A community mentoring service that has helped more than 1,000 vulnerable people in 4 years has scooped the highest award for volunteering in the UK.

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June 3, 2022
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PCC funds new support service for victims of sexual violence

PCC Joy Allen has improved and extended the support for victims of sexual violence with the award of a three-year contract for the provision of ISVAs

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May 23, 2022
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Putting victims of crime first – a successful first year for Durham PCC

PCC Joy Allen has completed her first year in the role. Her focus during this time has been on improving services & support for victims of crime

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May 13, 2022
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Public invited to submit questions on processes to report crime or contact police

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May 9, 2022
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Joint scrutiny panel finds good practice in review of out of court disposals

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April 25, 2022
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PCC to head up Community Mentoring scheme under new agreement

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April 20, 2022
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£20m cash boost available to help support survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence

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April 14, 2022
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Public Accountability Meeting 17th March 2022- Police Officer Uplift

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March 25, 2022
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New powers giving PCCs a greater role in cutting crime welcomed

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March 22, 2022
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Putting more police officers back on our streets will be top of the agenda

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March 1, 2022
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Joint pledge signed to tackle anti-social behaviour

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February 20, 2022
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PCC Joy Allen's Budget will strengthen local policing

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February 3, 2022
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Public invited to pose questions to Chief Constable on efforts to tackle violence against women and girls

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February 2, 2022
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Victims of crime are being encouraged to share their experiences of the justice journey

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January 26, 2022
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Householders are being urged to take advantage of a new property marking scheme

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January 26, 2022
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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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