PCCs pay tribute to Ron Hogg

Katy Bourne OBE, Chair of the APCC said:

"It is a day of great sadness for us and, on behalf of my PCC colleagues, I would like to offer our deepest condolences to Ron’s family, friends and everyone at Durham Constabulary.

"We will all have our individual and fond memories of Ron who was totally committed to policing and an exemplary public servant."

Mark Burns-Williamson OBE, APCC Vice Chair and Labour Group Lead said:

"We are deeply saddened to hear of the untimely passing of our friend and colleague Ron Hogg, former Police Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC) for Durham.

"Ron was a hugely respected PCC amongst his colleagues, staff and the communities across Durham and more widely. He will be deeply missed and leaves a lasting legacy of impressive achievement.

"Ron made a significant and lasting contribution to the national work of the APCC, in particular through his work around workforce transformation and reform. PCCs across England and Wales have so much to be grateful to Ron for and will miss his infectious enthusiasm, dry sense of humour and his deep commitment to public service and keeping our communities safe.

"Our thoughts are with his wife, family, friends and colleagues at such a difficult time."

Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner:

"Ron was a huge character, a giant of a personality, who was also my friend. He was amusing, he was conscientious, he was confident in his space, and confident in his direction of travel. His legacy threads through everything he did, but his largest contribution was his superb ability to challenge traditionally held views and create alternatives. We owe it to his memory, to continue to push boundaries, and be at the vanguard of new ideas in policing. RIP Ron, your memory, your footprint is everlasting, thank you ..."

Barry Coppinger, Cleveland PCC:

"I’ve known Ron for the best part of 20 years, as both Deputy Chief Constable at Cleveland, and latterly as PCC for Durham.   He was a strong advocate for policing, community safety, and public services and a trusted friend and comrade.   He combined a mischievous sense of humour with a fascinating blend of the radical and the traditional - as anyone who saw and heard his campaigning for issues such as drug reform and assisted dying, alongside his desired and much deserved full police funeral, with pipers, held at Durham cathedral.   He will be sorely missed."

Jeff Cuthbert, Gwent PCC:

"Although Ron’s funeral was, by its nature, a sad occasion, I felt privileged to attend and to hear the many tributes of those that knew him very well.

"It was clear from the service that Ron was a much-loved figure who brought compassion and commitment to his role as the PCC for Durham.

"There can be no doubt that he leaves policing in a better place than he found it, but we are all the poorer for his passing."

Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire PCC:

I went up in Ron’s estimation when he discovered I’d worked with Gordon Brown who he rated highly. When I asked him why, he replied very directly,”he’s a Scot, of course!”

Alun Michael, South Wales PCC

"I have always been doubtful about former police officers becoming Police and Crime Commissioners but saw Ron Hogg as the exception. As Commissioner – and I am sure when he was a Chief Officer – Ron was first a warm human being, second an innovator, third a person who challenged the status quo and then fourth a professional. The fourth is important but it was the first three – along with his wicked sense of humour – that gave him such authority within the world of Police and Crime Commissioners. He will be missed by us all."