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The Durham Peeler. The magazine of the Retired Police Officers (NARPO)(Durham Branch)May appeal to retired police officers nationally. Produced twice/year.


  • Durham Branch N.A.R.P.O. Magazine

    Happy New Headquarters

    Durham PeelerWINTER 2014

  • Front cover photograph: The Handover of the New Durham Constabulary Headquarters.

    Officials (left to right) : Assistant Chief Officer, Garry Ridley; Chief Constable, Mike Barton; Assistant Chief Constable, Dave Orford; Police & Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg; Deputy Chief Constable, Michael Banks and Managing Director of Keir Construction for north east and Scotland, Brian McQuade.

    Chief Constable Mike Barton and Police & Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg proudly presents the new Durham Constabulary Headquarters. Durham Constabulary has recently taken ownership of a state-of-the-art new headquarters facility, designed to provide everything needed for the challenges of modern-day policing. It replaces the old building, which was constructed in the 1960s and was no longer fit for purpose. (Albeit Im sure readers enjoy many happy memories)

    The new-build, which staff moved into during August and September, is positioned opposite the old base at Aykley Heads, Durham. It houses call handlers and dispatchers, as well as other central services including the forces executive team, and the finance, human resources, criminal justice, intelligence and information technology departments. There is also an office for Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg.

    Chief Constable Mike Barton said: A few years back we took a look at our existing headquarters, the on-going maintenance cost for a building that was becoming a bit of a money pit, and the feasibility of maintaining it longer term, and deciding it was time to do something about it.

    The build of the new headquarters along with the on-going developments across our estates were essential for us to police effectively in the 21st century.

    We now have around 600 people housed under one roof, and have moved a selection of other departments out to other locations in order to streamline operations.

    Our old facility was outdated and had become a drain on resources, costing far too much of our budget each year to maintain. The gas bill is 0% and the electricity is 6% of the former HQ. All these savings mean 750k per annum - which pays for 17 police officers. We took the decision to invest in our future and develop a purpose-built central hub. Weve been able to deliver this project on time and within budget due to the commitment of our small estates team, who have worked tirelessly over the past few years to make this happen.

    Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg said: I am delighted that we have taken ownership of a new headquarters building that is constructed to an extremely high standard, and is designed to last 60 years.

    Durham Constabulary headquarters staff now operate in an open-plan work environment, which lends itself to smarter team working between separate departments. I firmly believe that this can only make the service we offer the people of County Durham and Darlington even better.

    Id like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the development of the new build and for their on-going commitment to improving the estates facilities across the organisation. Its also important to note that we own the buildings they are not PFI contracts which are now proving very expensive to maintain.

    The Remembrance Day Service, 2014, is being held at the new Headquarters building at 10.30am Tuesday, 11th November and there will be a Ceremony of Rededication of the Durham Constabulary Honours Boards and a Dedication Ceremony for the new Garden of Remembrance, a fitting tribute, leading up to the 175th Anniversary of the formation of Durham County Constabulary formed in the year 1840. Long may it continue to prosper& serve.

  • Dont You Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day? The Durham N.A.R.P.O. Chairman and Committee members wish you all The Seasons Greetings, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year You can always be sure that our committee will always work in your best interests and be supportive of those who have unfortunately suffered bereavement, ill health or other personal tragedy. We extend our heart- felt condolences. If you feel the need for confidential support, a confidence boost or more assurance, please do not hesitate to make contact with any of your representatives (they are listed overleaf on page 4.) After all it is said that a problem shared is a problem halved. When it comes to preparation time for the latest Durham Peeler magazine, I find myself reflecting on the years events and try to balance the really good and happy times against some of the more unlikely and sometimes unpleasant events That we have experienced and keep wondering what if? Looking on the bright side, winter is upon us, it will soon be Christmas, theres a brand New Year ahead, and the new Durham Constabulary Headquarters is now operational. Despite the budgetary and establishment cuts, the Force Executive and the Police & Crime Commissioner have together achieved tremendous economy savings. In so doing Durham Constabulary is now recruiting 60 new officers to help regenerate the beleaguered establishment. Good news? non carburundum illegitimi. Durham Constabulary will be celebrating the 175th Anniversary of its formation as a Police Service in 1840. It remains one of the more successful public services in the U.K. Long may it prosper & continue to be of service. Note: i. the combined Force and Retirees Open Day, 2015 at the new H.Q. is still being planned. (Check local press). ii. Police Pensioners with index linked pensions will receive a 1.2% increase from April, 2015. Could it be that we are steaming towards a wide open General Election in England? Lets just hope that we get a Government that will be respected for statesmanship, diplomacy and prosperity for all or am I seeking Utopia? This year commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the commencement of the most historically devastating and tragic conflict ever experienced around the Globe, known as World War I. Its consequences changed the destiny of the World and indeed everyones future life forever.. Ironically, today we learn of the withdrawal of ALL British and Coalition Forces from Afghanistan after 13 years of warfare (Operation Enduring Freedom), resulting in the deaths of some 3,466 Coalition Troops, including 453 British, 2,234 American and 158 Canadian Armed Forces personnel during this pyrrhic and bloody war! Even more poignantly, many hundreds of young and very brave Servicemen have been cruelly maimed and injured physically and mentally, for life! Will we EVER learn? Well, I still believe in Father Christmas dont you? We wish you all, a very happy Christmas, an even more successful & peaceful new Year, (and very good health to enjoy it.) Alan S. Watson Chairman and Editor IMPORTANT. Please Read! Your views are important to us too!- Most of our members enjoy reading the Durham Peeler magazine. Im delighted to say that quite a few volunteers have been kind enough to hand deliver some of the copies immediately after publication and we are thankful too. The costs of posting each copy is becoming very expensive and perhaps the longer term solution will be to appeal for even more volunteers to make hand deliveries. Would YOU like to help? Please contact the Secretary, Barry Crawford to learn more, either by e mail: barrychiltoncrawford@yahoo.co.uk or telephone 01915180996. Every little helps. Another consideration that may help reduce our postage expenses could be by asking readers who have access to the Computer internet, are you prepared to access future issues of the Durham Peeler direct online from a paperless p.d.f. file as an alternative to receiving a delivered copy? Most readers will still wish to receive delivery of an original magazine. However it is encouraging to learn that an increasing number of members already use and read the computer blog page: www.durhamnarpo.org. The p.d.f. files (including back issues) can be accessed from these computer pages, together with up to date information, feedback, letters, announcements, and even an archives photo gallery. Try It.? Every copy delivered by hand or taken on-line saves NARPO postage of 1.10p per copy and up to a massive 4.30p if posted to an overseas address.

  • N.A.R.P.O. Committee 2014/15 Chairman and Editor Durham Peeler Magazine Alan S. Watson, 38, Hummersknott Avenue, Darlington, DL3 8LG. Tel No. 01325 465609. e mail: suenala7@ntlworld.com Vice Chairman; Raymond T. Jones, 11, Linburn Drive, Bishop Auckland DL14 0RG Tel. No. 01388 663098. e mail: r.t.jones@talk.talk.net Honorary President (ex. Officio): Chief Constable, Mr. Michael Barton. Durham Constabulary H.Q Treasurer: Colin Appleby, 21, Lea Rigg, West Rainton, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4 6SR Tel. No. 0191 5846178 email: appleby.colin@btinternet.com Secretary: Barry C. Crawford, 8, Warwick Place, Peterlee, SR2 2EZ. Tel No. 0191 5180996 email: barrychiltoncrawford@yahoo.co.uk Welfare Rep. & Assistant Secretary: Mrs Angie Crawford, 8, Warwick Place, Peterlee, SR2 2EZ Tel. No. 01`91 5180996 email: angiechilton@yahoo.com. Committee Members: George Bennison. Tel. 01325 314879 Bill Bramfitt. Tel. 01388 604369 Ches. Brighouse Tel. 01388 818288 Tony Burn. Tel. 01388 813904 Alan Drake Tel. 01325 315820 Bob Gadd