New police chief outlines vision for the force

New Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary, Mike Barton.
New Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary, Mike Barton.
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A TOP cop has been confirmed in his new post.

Mike Barton is the new Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary, after the force’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg, confirmed he had been appointed to the role.

Mr Barton, who has been temporary chief constable since Jon Stoddart retired in October, has been with the force since moving to the region from Lancashire police in 2008.

He first served as Durham’s assistant chief constable then being appointed deputy in 2009.

He said: “It’s both an honour and a delight to have been given the job of leading this constabulary and providing world-class policing to the people of County Durham and Darlington.

“I’m proud to be leading a team of dedicated, professional police officers and staff who have maintained our excellent performance in crime and antisocial behaviour reduction, in the face of budget cuts and the challenges of a complete force restructure.”

Mr Barton, who holds the national intelligence portfolio with the Association of Chief Police Officers, has led the force in tackling organised crime.

As chief, he intends to build on developing the force’s approach to local issues and continuing to enhance the use of restorative approaches, which give victims of crime a voice.

He also intends to promote the value of a cynic-free organisation, with highly motivated officers and staff who are committed to making County Durham and Darlington safer, and he has pledged to halt business between the forces and companies which do not pay their fair share of tax.