18753The Institute of Directors (IoD) in the North East is bringing together all three of the region’s Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), to allow the region’s business community to and actively participate in the debate on crime prevention and enforcement.

The event, which is open to all business people, will be held in the Durham Centre at Belmont Business Park, between 4pm and 7pm on Thursday the 25th of February. It will include talks by the region’s three PCCs; Vera Baird QC, Ron Hogg, and Barry Coppinger, alongside experts on cyber security, human trafficking, and slavery. The three PCCs will also lead seminars to hear the views business people from their respective areas.

David Cliff, Vice-Chairman of the IoD in the North East, who is completing a four year study into Police and Crime Commissioners, said: “Businesses in the North East are rightly concerned about crime, on average one in three are affected by economic crime each year. On top of age old concerns about the security of their premises and employees, there are modern issues like cyber-crime, which costs the UK £27 billion a year, and workplace bullying.

“Good policing provides a stable environment for our businesses to operate in, and is at the heard of cohesive communities, so getting our PCCs and business leaders together is a positive thing for the North East, it can boost both our security and prosperity.“

Ron Hogg, Police and Crime Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington, said “It is really important that businesses tell us what their priorities are for reducing and preventing crime. The nature of crime is changing and this will be an excellent opportunity to plan together how to address it. I hope as many business people as possible are able to attend.”

To book tickets for the event, which cost £10 plus VAT and are free to IoD members and their guests, email Sukie Ranken on iod.northeast@iod.com.