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Police, Crime and Victims’ Plan 2016-2021
A letter from Ron Hogg
The Plan is an important document required by statute. It sets out my objectives for Durham Constabulary, my own Office, and for the work I do with partner organisations over that period. When I was re-elected in May, I changed by job title so that it includes ‘Victims’. I did this because I want to really focus on improving services for victims of crime and anti-social behaviour over the next few years, and the plan reflects this. I have commissioned three new victims’ services this year: a Hate Crime Advocacy Service, a Mental Health Advocacy Service, and the Victim Care and Advice Service which works with all victims and helps them to find the support they need. The Plan indicates that I will look for opportunities to develop more services, customised to the needs of individuals and specific groups, over the coming years.
As well as services for victims, I am putting a lot of emphasis on the role I share with Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner in Cleveland, chairing the Local Criminal Justice Board. The Plan emphasises the work of colleagues across the Criminal Justice System to ensure that the services we all provide to victims and their families are effective, efficient, and as sympathetic as they possibly can be – and that agencies within the criminal justice system work together to improve efficiency and reduce reoffending.
The Plan also asserts the importance of tackling crime and anti-social behaviour. Durham Constabulary has received some outstanding ratings from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in recent years, and I know that Chief Constable Mike Barton is working hard with his colleagues to ensure that these standards can be maintained. I meet the Chief every month to review the Police’s performance, and we have agreed a detailed business plan to translate the aims and objectives in the Police, Crime and Victims’ Plan into practices within operational policing.
I will continue to give priority to improving road safety, reducing the harm caused by alcohol and drugs, and to reducing the impact of hate crime. All of these are important objectives within the Plan. I have also included objectives around safeguarding vulnerable people, addressing domestic abuse and sexual violence, and tackling crime in rural communities. I will be working with partner organisations to deliver strong outcomes for all our communities.
I have also placed an emphasis on new kinds of crime in the Plan. We need to be alert to emerging threats such as the potential of terrorist activity and cybercrime, and we also need to be increasingly focused on vulnerable people, subject to exploitation, at all ages and from different backgrounds. This kind of activity will help to develop the confidence of communities in local policing.
I am grateful to everyone who responded to the consultation exercise on the Police, Crime and Victims’ Plan. Your support is highly valued and I look forward to working with you over the coming years.
The plan can be found on-line here