Durham Constabulary has not listened to stakeholders comments prior to announcing proposals to create a centralised custody facility. I have privately raised my opposition to any centralised custody facility, however, now that Durham Constabulary have placed their intentions in the public domain, it is right that the public see that these proposals to do not command political support.
In the weeks ahead, I will campaign to block efforts to close Peterlee custody facilities, and believe such a major decision should be taken by a democratically accountable Police and Crime Commissioner, rather than an appointee who is Acting Police and Crime Commissioner until May 2021.
Following news reports I made the following comments:
This ill-advised decision, to squander millions of pounds of reserves on a centralised custody facility, should not be taken by an appointed Acting Police and Crime Commissioner.”
After first being made aware of proposals, I lodged the following objection to Durham Constabulary.