Nine new officers on streets

A POLICE force has recruited nine new community police officers.

The new Police Community Support Officers have been taken on by Durham Police and they will start in March and be out and about in communities in April.

The force’s Chief Constable Mike Barton said: “This is excellent news not only for communities, but also for the individuals concerned who will be starting their career with an excellent police force.”

Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg added: “I am determined that despite Government funding cuts we will continue to maintain Police Community Support Officers on the streets of County Durham and Darlington.

“I know how much businesses and communities value and appreciate the work that they do. They fulfil a vital role in terms of visibility, and will assist in maintaining our neighbourhood police teams.”

The nine new recruits will undergo a thorough training programme based at the police’s headquarters site at Aykley Heads in Durham City, where they will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to equip them to carry out their duties.

The Hartlepool Mail reported earlier in the year that Durham Police took on 10 new police officers, including PC Chloe Pallas, of Peterlee Police Station, after a three-year recruitment freeze amid budget cuts.