Police and Crime Commissioners

National Overview

Each police force is governed by a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). PCCs have been elected by the public to hold Chief Constables and the police force to account, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve. PCCs aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area. They are responsible for:

  • Appointing and removing the Chief Constable
  • Representing and engaging with the community
  • Producing a five year Police and Crime Plan
  • Setting the annual police force budget and precept
  • Publishing an annual report
  • Commissioning community safety activity

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Vera Baird QC was elected as PCC in November 2013 and re-elected in 2016.

Until the election Vera Baird QC was a Practising Queen’s Counsel specialising in criminal work. She was MP for Redcar between 2001 and 2010 and became a Minister in the Labour Government in 2006. In 2007, she became Solicitor General. In that post she conducted a number of criminal appeals and unduly lenient sentence cases and advised extensively on a wide range of legal issues and problems. She was the Lead Minister with responsibility for taking the Equality Act 2010, the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2008 and played an assisting role in the passage of the Company Law Reform Act 2007. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Stern Review into how rape complaints are handled by the public authorities.

Northumbria Police and Crime Plan

Vera Baird has produced a five year police and crime plan and the five objectives are:

  • Putting Victims First
  • Dealing with Anti-social Behaviour
  • Domestic and Sexual Abuse
  • Reducing Crime
  • Community Confidence

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner's (PCC) Changes to Victims Services Roadshows

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) took over responsibility for commissioning victims services in their area. Previously the Ministry of Justice commissioned Victim Support to provide services on a national basis.  In April 2015 Victims First was launched, providing support to all victims in the Northumbria area.

Northumbria PCC produces a monthly newsletter with details of the work of the commissioner. Further information can be found at the Northumbria PCC website.

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner

Ron Hogg was elected as PCC in November 2013 and re-elected in 2016.

Ron Hogg, a serving police officer for over 30 years, rose through the ranks to become Assistant Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary and Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland Police.  During his long career he won national recognition for his expertise in policing football matches.

Durham Police and Crime Plan

Ron Hogg has produced a police and crime plan which sets out Ron’s vision "To achieve excellence in local policing and the highest levels of public confidence by working alongside communities and partners to address what matters locally."  The plan sets out a clearer vision, from which stem four objectives, under which there are key areas of focus.  The new objectives and key areas of focus are:

  • Inspire Confidence
    • Improve engagement with the communities across County Durham and Darlington.
    • Make policing service visible and accessible at all times.
  •  Support Victims
    • Commission effective, appropriate and efficient services for victims.
    • Deliver the Regional Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.
    • Reduce the incidence and impact of domestic abuse in all its forms.
    • Reduce the impact of hate crime.
  • Keeping Communities Safe
    • Deliver the Strategic Policing Requirement and understand and tackle emerging threats. 
    • Tackle anti-social behaviour
    • Improve road safety by tackling careless and dangerous driving, speeding and other related road safety issues.
    • Work with partners to improve the service proved to those with poor mental health (victims and offenders). 
  •  Cross cutting area of key area of focus: Reduce reoffending.
  • Deliver an efficient policing service
    • Value for Money 
    • Robust accountability and performance management.

The plan continues to have a strong emphasis on Partnership Working. For each of the key areas of focus it states what the PCC will do, what the Constabulary will to do, and what is hoped to be achieved with partners.  Page seven of the plan shows how the PCC objectives and areas of focus align to the priorities of both the Safe Durham Partnership and the Darlington Community Safety Partnerships.
The Plan can be downloaded from the Durham PCC website.

Durham PCC produces a monthly newsletter with details of the work of the commissioner. 

Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner  

Barry Coppinger was elected as PCC in November 2013 and re-elected in 2016.

Barry brings to the role a long track record of public service, including wide experience of policing and public protection services. He has served as a local councillor for well over 25 years and has held numerous posts including Executive Member for Public Protection, Chair of a Crime and Disorder Partnership and the Cleveland Joint Emergency Planning Committee, as well as serving as a member of the former Cleveland Police Authority.

Cleveland Police and Crime Plan

Barry Coppinger has produced a four year police and crime plan which sets out a number of key objectives:

  • Retaining and developing Neighbourhood Policing.
  • A better deal for victims and witnesses.
  • Diverting people from crime.
  • Partnership working to maximise resources.
  • Better industrial and community relations.

For further information visit the Cleveland PCC website.