By James Poole
In a surprising reshuffle of staff at Durham Constabulary, Phil Raine has “moved on” from his role as Police University Liaison Officer to a position in the Durham City beat team.
According to the Constabulary, Phil Raine left the position at the end of the last academic year with Chris Dunn temporarily covering the role over the summer.
The reason for this move, however, remains unclear.
Speaking to Palatinate, Phil Raine said:
“I started the University Liaison Officer’s role eight years ago and it is something that I have absolutely loved doing.
“Everyone’s time comes to an end and it was decided that it was my time to work in another area.
“I do miss working with the students and staff of the University enormously but am also looking forward to working with the Neighbourhood Policing Team in Durham City.
“Durham is a fantastic city and a great place to work. Obviously I am still around so hope to bump into many of you around Durham.”
Rebecca Carey has been announced as the new Police University Liaison Officer and formally took over the position last Monday.
Carey, who has previously worked in Durham Constabulary’s Alcohol Harm Unit, will be joined by PC Ralph Thompson who is part of the Durham City Neighbourhood Team.
Dave Coxon, Neighbourhood Inspector for Durham Constabulary, told Palatinate:
“PCSO Phil Raine, who has done a fantastic job in the role as university liaison officer over the past few years, has now moved on from the role.
“This decision was taken in order for Phil to continue to develop his career within Durham Constabulary and he will now be based within the Durham City beat team.
“We recognise the need to maintain this important role so following Phil’s move, the role was temporarily covered by PCSO Chris Dunn until we were able to appoint a suitable permanent replacement to the post.
“We hope that Rebecca will become as valued within the University as Phil clearly was, and that the positive relationship between the organisations and people within them, will continue to grow.”
Commenting on the move, the University would only tell the paper:
“We acknowledge and have appreciated the contributions of our previous Police Liaison Officer Phil Raine and we wish him every success in his new position.
“We continue to enjoy a very positive relationship working in partnership with the police and we look forward to welcoming Rebecca Carey into her new role.”
Photograph: Bill Free Homes