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22 November 2012, 12:02
It's the first day on the job for the North East's newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners - and they've been telling us what to expect from them
Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg (pictured on the right), has vowed to get a stronger grip on local issues.
During his doorstep campaign, the people of County Durham and Darlington raised many issues to him including the need to better address domestic abuse, hate crime and more engagement with local communities and interest groups.
Ron is keen to be the voice of the people in County Durham and Darlington and has pledged to ensure that he represents real need and concern.
He wants to establish community panels to represent all constituency areas across the force area to help him to deliver against the promises that he has set out in his manifesto.
Northumbria Police - Vera Baird
Meanwhile, up the road, Northumbria's new PCC, Vera Baird (pictured on the left), has a similar objective in mind.
She's set out plans to improve the way anti social behaviour is tackled as well as tackling domestic and sexual violence.
Vera Baird received more than 56% of the public vote in the election last week - winning with over 100,000 first preference votes in all.
"During the next 3 and a half years, I will be out and about across the Northumbria Force area, this is because my official role is to listen, learn and advocate."
Vera also told Capital that she wants part of her PCC budget to go towards funding places for young people to go 'to make sure they (young people) have very positive things to do in their spare time, in the hope that we can tackle antisocial behaviour.'