Shadow Police Minister hails North East Police and Crime Commissioners as ‘trailblazers’ for work on domestic violence, victims and crime prevention.
Jack Dromey visited 4Motion indoor skate park in Darlington with Ron Hogg, Labour's Police & Crime Commissioner. The community group was established by a group of parents who wanted to provide activities for young people in their local community. They recently moved into their premises in 2014 and have been supported by Ron.
Jack later joined Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC on the doorstep in Jesmond in Newcastle.
Jack Dromey, Labour’s Shadow Police Minister said:
"Despite massive reductions in police funding, Police and Crime Commissioners Vera Baird and Ron Hogg are working hard with the police to do an outstanding job of protecting the public even in the most difficult of circumstances.
“Despite the Tories’ phony police promise, our police forces in Durham and Northumbria are set to see further real terms funding cuts of over £7 million in total with the Tories expecting local people to pay more to make up for it.
“Police in the North East have to with some of the most serious and demanding crimes – child sexual exploitation, sexual and violent offences, cybercrime, as well rural crimes and antisocial behaviour. Yet Durham and Northumbria have lost over 1000 police officers since the Tories came to power.
“The Tories have broken their promise to protect the police. At a time of diminishing resources, I commend the hard work of PCCs Vera Baird and Ron Hogg in making sure the people of the North East are safe. With Vera and Ron, we will not stop fighting until we get the funding the police need to keep communities safe.”
On PCC Vera Baird’s work:
“PCC Vera Baird has done pioneering work to support and protect victims of domestic and sexual violence, and as a result has achieved the highest victim satisfaction level in the country. She has also dedicated investment and worked with residents to tackle antisocial behaviour in Northumbria, and the force has been judged as one of the top performing forces in England and Wales when it comes to supporting vulnerable people.
On PCC Ron Hogg’s work:
“PCC Ron Hogg’s initiative with 4Motion Darlington is strengthening communities and keeping kids off the street. His fantastic new Victim Care and Advice Service is providing much needed support to victims of serious and traumatic crimes and I am impressed by his innovative initiatives to tackle rural crime with residents. He should be proud that because of his hard work, Durham Constabulary was ranked outstanding by HMIC at keeping people safe and reducing crime.”
Notes to editors
1. Despite the Chancellor’s shock U-turn on police funding in the Spending Review, forces will see real term cuts in the next financial year. This has been confirmed by the UK Statistics Authority http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3484340/Stats-watchdog-blasts-George-Osborne-Theresa-wrongly-claiming-police-funding-protected-CUT-160MILLION.html
2. The Government’s claims also rely on police forces charging local people extra to keep police on the beat - police forces are expected to raise an extra £369million in local tax to make up for Tory cuts.
3. The further cuts come on top of the 25% cuts the police have endured since 2010.
4. Police workforce statistics released by the Home Office show a national reduction of 18,357 in police officer numbers since 2010.This is a further reduction of 1,369 officers since the last release 6 months ago. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-workforce-england-and-wales-30-september-2015-data-tables
5. For further information regarding the work of the Police and Crime Commissioners see their websites here - http://www.durham-pcc.gov.uk/Home.aspx and here - http://www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk/