As your Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner I promise to listen to your needs, seek out the concerns of all and tackle them. I worked as a police officer for over 30 years, serving in Police Forces across the region including Durham and I’ve seen first-hand how neighbourhood policing can improve communities.
In 1973, I started my professional life as a teacher of History and Sociology after studying politics at York University. I made the move to policing in 1978 and had a full and varied career including spending time at Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), holding the national portfolio for the policing of football, and becoming Assistant Chief Constable in Durham in 1998. I finished my policing career as Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland in 2008. I then moved on to work in Children’s Safeguarding at Sunderland City Council.
In 2012 I decided to go back to my roots and combine my interest in politics with my years of policing experience to become the area’s first Durham Police and Crime Commissioner (or as my new job title reflects, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner). I am here to be the voice of the local people by listening and responding to their needs. My vision is to “inspire confidence in policing by ensuring efficient and effective services are delivered to support victims and keep all our communities safe.”
Listening to residents and empowering communities
People across County Durham and Darlington have told me how concerned they are that officers will be withdrawn from their communities. I have seen first-hand how neighbourhood policing can improve communities and I will work creatively with the Force to maintain the number of officers at the levels that our neighbourhoods need. At the same time, I am in a position to work as a national voice to oppose the Government cuts which have already cost Durham the full time equivalent of 306 officers and 146 police staff.
I am pleased to say that we have an excellent Police Force in Durham; one that puts victims first, and cuts crime by getting to the thick of the issues and solving problems. Over the next year, I want to see the Force consistently provide you with the exceptional service that you deserve. It is a privilege to be your elected Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner and I will continue to put all my efforts into representing you to the best of my ability.
I shall ensure that, through me, our communities have a voice.
Office of the Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner
Durham Police Headquarters