Police and crime commissioners

Police and crime commissioners are elected by the public to ensure the policing needs of communities are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in your police force area.


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Elections for police and crime commissioners have now taken place. Ron Hogg has been elected as police and crime commissioner for Durham.

Statement by the Police Area Returning Officer for Durham

This website contains more information about candidates (where provided) and other information useful to voters. The information provided by a candidate is their responsibility, and may not reflect the opinions of myself or my council.

As Police Area Returning Officer I am responsible for co-ordinating the election and announcing the result in Durham.

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections will be held in Durham on 15 November 2012; the candidates standing in that election, alphabetically by surname (as they will appear on the ballot paper), are:

  • COSTELLO, Mike (UK Independence Party (UKIP))
  • HOGG, Ron (Labour Party Candidate)
  • SMITH, Kingsley (Independent)
  • VARLEY, Nick (Conservative Party Candidate)

I can be contacted at:

Colette Longbottom

Police Area Returning Officer
County Hall,

0191 3835643


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