Ron Hogg

Ron HoggRon Hogg is Labour's Police & Crime Commissioner in Durham & Darlington.

A serving police officer for over 30 years, Ron Hogg rose through the ranks to become Assistant Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary and Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland Police.

He Hogg won national recognition for his expertise in policing football. Now retired from the police force, Ron lives in Chester-le-Street and worked in Children's Services.

You can follow Ron Hogg on Twitter @RonaldHogg1

You can write to Ron at Office of the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL

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I graduated from the University of York in 1973 with a degree in Politics. Between 1973 and 1978 I taught History and Sociology in an 11-18 years comprehensive school in Northamptonshire. During this time I was a member of the NAS/UWT and served as Branch Chair for a period of 18 months.

In 1978 I joined Northumbria Police and serving in the East End of Newcastle. I transferred to Northamptonshire Police in 1981 after my father was made redundant from the steelworks having been on strike for thirteen weeks. During my time with Northamptonshire, I gained promotion to Chief Inspector, and also served one year on the Police Federation Joint Branch Board. I returned to Northumbria Police in 1992 where I served for three years as a Superintendent in Sunderland. During this period I was Chair of the Superintendents Association for twelve months.

Between 1996 and 1998 I worked with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.  I was involved in three inspections of the Metropolitan Police, as well as many other Forces, and helped to develop a new performance inspection regime. In 1998 I was promoted to Assistant Chief Constable in Durham Constabulary. I had responsibility for all police operations and helped the Force to maintain a consistently high level of performance. I helped to establish the Youth Offending Service working with colleagues from across the range of criminal justice partners. I chaired the North East Cross Border crime group and organised a number of joint operations across the region’s Forces. I also worked collaboratively with Cleveland Police on the joint fingerprint bureau, and was supportive in the development of a joint firearms range. 

I assumed the national responsibility for policing football and following Euro 2000 I was a member of a Home Office working group taking forward the recommendations of the Bassam Report. In this role I personally led on the area of tackling racism within football, and working with a wide range of football partners and ‘Kick It Out’, arranged a day of national action at all major football grounds.In 2002 I led on the restructure of the Force working closely with the Police Authority. As a result the Force saved considerable sums of money by reducing management on-costs, and by streamlining other back of office services such as communications. I also put into place the 12 community areas still in force today.


In 2003 I was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in Cleveland Police. Shortly after arriving I led the investigation into the ‘Cash for Guns’ allegations, in addition the Force was ranked worst in the country and I then discovered a £7.5m hole in the budget. By the time I left the Force, it was one of the best in the country, public confidence had grown, the budget deficit had been dealt with, and its operational performance was excellent. This transformation was achieved through a considerable personal effort and commitment whilst also working effectively as a team member of the Force Executive.

Whilst in Cleveland I was involved in a wide range of local and regional activities in addition to my day to day role. This included work with a local asylum seekers group and I worked especially closely with Dari Taylor MP to prevent a young man being deported from the country prior to the conclusion of his University studies. I was also a member of a national working group dealing with youth issues and led on regional collaboration. One of my final projects was the creation of a volunteer cadet force which now works with some 80 young people across the Force area. Upon retirement in September 2008 I joined the Labour Party, and have been actively involved ever since. I now work for Sunderland City Council in Children’s Safeguarding and I am a member of UNISON.

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