Ron Hogg

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Ron Hogg
Durham Police and Crime Commissioner
Assumed office
15 November 2012
Preceded byOffice created
Personal details
Born (1951-10-01) 1 October 1951 (age 67)
Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire
Political partyLabour

Ron Hogg (born 1 October 1951) is a British politician and former police officer. He is the Labour Durham Police and Crime Commissioner. He is the first person to hold the post and was elected on 15 November 2012 and re-elected on 6 May 2016.


Police career[edit]

Hogg served for over 30 years as a police officer.[1] During the 2002 FIFA World Cup, he led the English police unit fighting football hooliganism in the host countries, Japan and South Korea.[2][3]

As a chief officer, he served as the Assistant Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary with responsibility for operational matters and then, from 2003, as the Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland Police.[2] He retired from the police in 2008.[1]

Throughout his career he served in four different forces. He began his service with Northumbria Police, working the East End of Newcastle between 1978 and 1981. He then transferred to Northamptonshire Police, where he served until 1992 and progressed to the rank of Chief Inspector.

Hogg's promotion to Superintendent in 1992 saw him return to Northumbria Police. This spell included working as the Area Commander in Sunderland West, and two years working with the HMIC, inspecting forces such as the MPS and West Midlands.

Promotion to ACC with Durham Constabulary came in 1998, and during this period he led a successful reorganisation of that force.

His career concluded in 2008, when he retired having served five years as Deputy Chief Constable with Cleveland Police.

Political career[edit]

As a schoolteacher between 1973 and 1978, Hogg was an active member of the NAS (later NAS/UWT) teachers' union. He served as Branch President for 18 months during this period.

Upon joining the police service he ceased all political activity due to the obvious conflict of interest.

On 15 November 2012, following the 2012 election, he was elected the police and crime commissioner for Durham Constabulary. He was one of 13 Labour Party commissioners elected in the inaugural elections.[1]

In October 2013, he announced his support for state-funded consumption rooms for drug addicts. Citing similar provisions in Denmark, he stated that they would provide a safer and healthier environment for long term drug users. He also suggested that heroin should be provided by the state to addicts, therefore reducing associated crime.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Hogg was born in Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire and presently lives in Chester le Street.

He attended Corby Grammar school between 1963–65, and then Kingswood Grammar School, Corby between 1965 and 1970. He was a school teacher at Kingswood Grammar School from about 1973 to 1978.

He studied Politics at the University of York between 1970 and 1973, and captained the 1st XV in his final year.

He is an avid Heart of Midlothian and Newcastle United fan, and enjoys attending Murrayfield to support the Scottish national team.


  1. ^ a b c "Durham PCC: Ron Hogg elected for Labour". BBC News. BBC. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Top officer moves to Cleveland". BBC News. BBC. 16 April 2003. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Hooligan-buster praises England fans". BBC News. BBC. 27 June 2002. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  4. ^ Thornhill, Ted; Doyle, Jack; Harding, Eleanor (30 October 2013). "State-funded crack dens: Addicts could soon be injecting heroin at taxpayers' expense in police-run city centre drug rooms". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Durham PCC Ron Hogg backs drug consumption rooms". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 11 July 2014.