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On Tuesday 10 August, the NFRN met with Durham County’s Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen following her recent election, to discuss her proposed efforts to tackle retail crime and protect those who serve their local communities.

The NFRN representatives explained the impact of the high levels of violence and abuse members suffer every day and emphasised the need for the local police forces to do more to prevent and address these incidents of crime.

Mrs Allen met with NFRN National Deputy Vice President Jason Birks to discuss the necessary changes needed for tackling retail crime. The Commissioner confirmed that safer businesses will remain a priority and will focus on improvements to the force’s response time, following findings that 37% of Durham County members did not report a crime incident due to lengthy response periods.

Creation of a new off-license watch scheme will be considered, to spread awareness of criminal activity and antisocial behaviour within communities, alongside prioritising reporting on a new online system.

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