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Decisions of the PCC - March 2016

On this page, any decisions made by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland will be published. The table below outlines each decision supported by the Decision Form used by the Commissioner to justify the decision.

Note: Where a link to the decision document is unavailable. this will be updated as soon as possible

DECISION   REF NO.

DECISION TITLE

DECISION SUMMARY

DATE   AUTHORISED

19 – 2016

Road Safety Funding

The PCC has a contract in place with Hartlepool Council who manage the National Driver Offender Re-Training Scheme (NDORS) within Cleveland. Unlike many commercial organisations Hartlepool Council deliver this contract on a not-for-profit basis and in doing so provide funds back to the PCC to invest   in Road Safety Initiatives.

In line with the governance arranagements put in place by the PCC the Cleveland Road Safety Partnership then assess any bids for this funding before recommending to the PCC those that they support and believe will help with Road Safety.

The PCC has received 3 bids that have support from the Road Safety Partnership for approval.

07/03/2016

20 –   2016

Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team

Cleveland Police have requested that the PCC donates £250 to the Cleveland   Mountain Rescue Team in recognition of their support in relation to a recent police   operation in which the Team provided personnel and equipment in support of a critical incident.

07/032016

21 –   2016

Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team

Over several years the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team have been training their   team members in water and flood rescue and have now established a specialist   Swiftwater Rescue team which can respond quickly to any water-related incident in the local area.

During the recent floods across the North of England the team used a large raft to     rescue people and their belongings from their homes. They have applied for funding to purchase a smaller rescue sled which can access small or cramped locations and act as a 'bridge' between routes of ingress and egress and the larger rescue raft.

07/03/2016

22 –   2016

Niche Records Management

Cleveland Police Authority procured the Niche Records Management System in 2003 via a re-seller on the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) Catalyst Framework.

During review and re-negotiation of the contract before the end of the original five year term the Force was advised that licences and maintenance could no longer be supplied through a re-seller via OGC and a contract must be established direct. The contract was extended via a negotiated procedure without a call for competition and the current contract expires on the 31st March 2016.

Although there are other Records Management Systems, Niche is integrated into the     working practices of the force and the cost of change at this time in line with other force priorities would be significantly more costly. The Force has no intention to change one of their core systems.

The Negotiated Procedure without a prior Publication of a Contract Notice (Direct     Negotiation) was the chosen EU procedure for this procurement. This   procedure allows public bodies to contract directly with a provider in exceptional circumstances without advertising the contract for expressions of interest.  

Procedures available under Public Procurement Regulations for “technical or artistic     reasons, or for reasons connected to the protection of exclusive rights whereby the contract may be awarded only to a particular economic operator”. Niche’s unique knowledge, expertise can be used as justification for contracting directly with them.

07/03/2016

23 –   2016

Royal National Lifeboat     Institution (RNLI)

Cleveland Police have requested that the PCC donates £250 to the Royal National     Lifeboat Institution in recognition of their support in relation to a recent police operation in which the Institution provided personnel and equipment in support of a critical incident.

07/03/2016

24 -   2016

Evolve Programme – Major Crime

Commissioners and Chief Constables are invited to give their approval to the formation of a single Major Investigation Team to cover Cleveland and North Yorkshire, in order to provide increased capacity and resilience to this area of policing.

21/03/2016

25 –   2016

Middlesbrough Crucial Crew

To approve £1,800 spend from the PCC Community Safety Initiatives fund to cover   the costs of Iron Guidance planning and coordinating the Middlesbrough Crucial Crew event. Crucial Crew is a multi agency event for Year 6 (10 and 11 year olds) pupils from across Middlesbrough, giving the children the opportunity to participate in a variety of scenarios covering a range of community safety issues.

15/03/2016

26 –   2016

Regional Refugee Forum (RRF) –   Tackling Refugee and Asylum Seeker Hate Crime

The RRF is an independent grass-roots membership organisation created in 2003 by and for the region's diverse Refugee-led Community Organisations (RCOs). It empowers them to work together to recognise the distinct disadvantages and challenges to settlement, integration and equality in local services they share because of their lived experience as Refugees and Asylum Seekers (RAS), to collect evidence to identify root causes and what works, then present their own authentic Collective Advocate Voice to decision makers to influence change in policy and practice.

In 2015 RRF members identified distinct factors deterring RAS from reporting Hate   Crime. Because of their unique status, they perceive the risks outweigh the advantages, therefore most victims don’t access support, justice or protection. RCOs felt   under-supported and underutilised by Criminal Justice Agencies (CJAs), more   often seen as gateways to the community   rather than partners in the delivery of solutions.

This project aims to plug knowledge gaps, promote reporting pathways, options   for anonymity, response and escalation, allow discussion of what should happen to perpetrators, promote access to support for victims, provide more accurate mapping, and build competencies of services to deliver to the needs of RAS. This will be   achieved by brokering direct engagement and developing collaborative working over 9 months between 14 RCOs active in the Force area and Cleveland Police, PCC, CPS, Victim Care and local 3rd party reporting centres

15/03/2016

27 –   2016

One Punch North East

One Punch North East educates people about the risks and consequences of a split second decision to engage with violence. It helps make safe choices and recognise the warning signs of and deal with a potentially violent situation. The organisation currently works with Cleveland Police and Durham Constabulary. One Punch have applied for funding from the Community Safety Initiative Fund for £5,000 to purchase promotional material, e.g. leaflets and beer mats.

15/03/2016

28 –   2016

Support for   awareness raising   promoted by Soroptimist International, Middlesbrough

Soroptimist International is a volunteer organisation for women who, through a   global network of members and international partnerships, work at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls. 

United Nations Anti-Trafficking Gift Box – The United Nations Gift Box is part of a global ‘Stop the Traffik’ campaign aimed at educating people about modern day slavery. The unique gift box is an enormous vibrant piece of street art decorated with invites and promises and welcoming people inside. Inside the sculpture however, people are presented with a very different reality where sexual exploitation and human trafficking themes are illustrated. The idea of the box is to raise awareness of the issue of human trafficking and encourage people to support the campaign. It is an effective way of bringing this important issue into the heart of the community and encouraging those in need of support to gain the confidence to come forward.

‘Loves me Loves me not’ bookmarks - The Soroptimists Middlesbrough have been supporting a project involving the provision of ‘Loves me, Loves me not’ bookmarks with the idea being to distribute throughout the Cleveland area to raise awareness of what is acceptable and what is unacceptable behaviour with the aim being to prevent violence against women and girls. The bookmarks are of an   educational nature and will allow for young people to think carefully about their relationships and provide advice on warning signs to be aware of. Funding provided will enable bookmarks to be printed and circulated widely to a range of settings including; schools, colleges, Teesside University, GP Surgeries and Libraries etc. 

15/03/2016

29 –  2016

Appropriate Adult Service

The Police and Crime Commissioner was contacted in December 2015 by   Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind informing that their volunteer-led Appropriate Adult service for vulnerable adults was coming to an end in February 2016. The   service has been delivered since 2009 as a complementary part of the Diversion and Resettlement Service and this can no longer be maintained going forward.

Since 2009 the Appropriate Adult Service has supported hundreds of individuals.   An example of this includes between July 2014 and March 2015: 160 individuals   were supported on 214 occasions. This totalled 254.5 hours.

15/03/2016

30 –   2016

Home Instead Senior Care

Home Instead Senior Care is a private sector organisation who provide high quality companionship, home help and personal care for elderly or other vulnerable people who want to live as independently and for as long as possible in the comfort of their   own homes.

There are a growing number of scams directed at elderly people and other vulnerable groups, both nationally and in the Cleveland area. The project will aim to help 'Protect Elderly People from Fraud' by running over 200 workshops for interested groups / community collectives. Workshops will raise awareness and inform people about fraud, together with providing tools and advice to help people avoid being affected by these increasing activities. Home Instead Senior Care   nationally is a major partner with the national 'Think Jessica' charity (also associated with Cleveland Police) and the Alzheimers Society and have produced   presentation materials, a 'toolkit' as well as hand-out booklets and checklists to be communicated with and distributed to local communities and interested groups via the local franchise network of independent offices around the country. The project aims to work with local agencies such as libraries, Neighbourhood Police,Community Groups, Independent Living Facilities, Voluntary and Interest Groups such as the Women’s Institute, Royal Voluntary Service, Age UK, Trading Standards,  Community Centres and any and every other interested group involved with protecting and enhancing the lives, interests and wellbeing of elderly people.

15/03/2016

31 –   2016

Court Process DVD for Victims of Rape and Sexual Abuse

For victims of rape and sexual abuse the court process can often be the most   traumatising part of their journey, from not fully understanding the court process to potentially having to come face to face with the alleged perpetrator.

For that reason and after feedback received from a service provider following their   involvement in a Winston Churchill Fellowship to Australia, it has been agreed that the three North East Police and Crime Commissioners (Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria), will jointly develop and deliver a DVD that can be used by victims/witnesses to assist them in understanding the court process, and to understand the different roles that people play in court i.e. Judge, Crown Prosecutor,  Defence etc.

It is hoped the DVD will diminish any uncertainty for victims/witnesses attending   court keeping them engaged in the criminal justice process. The DVD can be used in advance/to complement the services that are already in place for victims/witnesses when attending court including pre-trial visits and special measures.

15/03/2016

32 –   2016

Out of Hours Service and Part Time   Independent Sexual Violence (ISVA) for Victims of Sexual Abuse – Arch North   East

Funding will be provided to Arch North East to provide an out of hours support     service available to clients until 7pm three days a week (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday). This will sustain the accessibility to clients who work or who are in college and cannot access services during normal hours without disruption to their education and employment. The funding will allow for 300 out of hours sessions over the period of the grant.

In addition to this the funding will support the retention of a part-time ISVA (18 hours per week) which is a continuation of funding provided by the Police and Crime Commissioner in 2015. This ISVA is currently working with 33 clients and over the past 12 months has worked with 51 clients providing 209 sessions of support directly to victims, as well as support to 19 family members. Referral levels for the ISVA team have remained consistent at Arch and having this post in place allows a high quality service to be delivered.

15/03/2016

33 – 2016

Prison Officer   secondment to the Single Integrated Offender Management Scheme

The Integrated Offender Management Prison Officer assists in providing a   comprehensive picture in respect of an offender's risk factors and pathway needs which assists the team to support an offender, protect  the public and reduce the   risk of re-offending. This vital resource will enhance the team within the multi-agency IOM Hub.  This decision should be read in conjunction with decision ref: 02 – 2015.   HMPS has agreed to deduct the cost of the building lease from the original hub proposal. HMPS funded two prison officer posts until June 2015, changes to HMPS funding arrangements has meant that HMPS are no longer able to continue funding these   roles. One post has been funded by Middlesbrough Troubled Families and a   request was made to the PCC to provide grant funding for the 2nd post.

15/03/2016

34 –   2016

Thornaby Town   Centre, Shop   Watch Scheme

At present there  is no shopwatch radio scheme in place in Thornaby Town Centre.

The vast majority of town centres run such a scheme and the benefits are   numerous. Stores can communicate quickly with each other and the local police team if they identify a potential offender or group intent on causing anti-social behaviour.

Calls to the police control room can take several minutes to cascade down to local   officers to act on and the offender may have already left the area by then.

Between 10 and 17 outlets within Thornaby Town Centre are interested in signing a contract with a provider for the rental of a radio and equipment over a prolonged length of time.

Funding has already been generated from Thornaby Town Council and ward councillors budgets totalling £1,105 and this application is to match fund this   amount.

15/03/2016

35 –   2016

Redcar Beacons

Redcar Beacons is a ‘Street Angels’ project & is part of the Christian Nightlife   Initiative network. The Beacons are a local community group reliant upon   volunteers. The project provides a caring presence in Redcar Town Centre on   Friday &/or Saturday nights between 10pm and 3-4am, during the 'night   time economy' period when members of the public may become vulnerable and in need of help.

The group have applied for funding from the PCC Community Safety Initiative Fund   for a small video camera and publicity material. This supports the PCC’s priority of working for better industrial and community relations.

15/03/2016

36 – 2016

Increased investment to reduce harm and strengthen communities across the Cleveland   Police area

Prudent financial management and governance has provided an opportunity for the consideration of additional investment In harm reduction and preventative activities across our communities and to develop a package of enhancements to our Neighbourhood Policing Model. A range of proposals (as set out in the business case) have been developed for consideration by the Police and Crime Commissioner as part of a strategy to deliver significantly enhanced positive outcomes for our communities, particularly those who face the highest levels of risk of harm, crime and anti-social behaviour. Further detail can be found in within the report attached to the decision.

22/03/2016

37 –  2016

Katwalk Kimberley’s CIC

Katwalk Kimberley’s CIC is a social enterprise with the aim of employing recovering addicts. By employing these people unemployment figures will be reduced along with reducing illegal substance misuse and encouraging of pro-social healthier lifestyles. They are running a 10 week training programme on how to use a domestic sewing machine and have applied to the Community Safety Initiative Fund for funding to pay for the rental costs for the building.

23/03/2016

38 – 2016

Cleveland wide Local Alcohol Action Area

As part of the Government’s response to the Alcohol Strategy Consultation in July 2013. The Home Office set out a commitment to launch a number of ‘Local Alcohol Action Areas’ (LAAA) with 3 key aims:

  •   To reduce alcohol related crime and   disorder
  •   To reduce alcohol related health harms: and
  •   Underpinning both of these aims was to work   to promote growth by establishing diverse and vibrant night time economies

 

Local Authorities were invited to apply and Middlesbrough was selected as one of the 20 successful areas. No funding came with this opportunity but for one year each LAAA was provided with a dedicated support manager from the Home Office with responsibility for providing advice and support, liaison with other LAAA projects and linking back to the Home Office and other Government departments.

There is clear commitment across the DsPH, Cleveland Police and other key partners to look at the wider delivery of some elements of the LAAA work.

Based on Middlesbrough LAAA costings, the annual cost of the proposed extended service across Cleveland (basic salary costs of employing 1.5 FTE’s and associated management costs ) would be approximately £71,000.  Middlesbrough would continue to fund the LAAA coordinator as this contract is already in place   until June 2016.

It is proposed for this to be for a 2 year period, with an option to extend beyond, subject to progress and review.

23/03/2016

39 – 2016

LGB&T Hate Crime Awareness Training for front line staff

The Police and Crime Commissioner commissioned a piece of work to look at the barriers to reporting hate crime within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) community, as part of his work to tackle hate crime and improve services for victims.

One of the key recommendations of the report was additional training for front line staff  from within the police and other community safety organisations on awareness of the LGB&T community, hate crime and the impact of LGB&T hate crime on victims. The recommendation was that this was delivered by a community group with experience of the LGB&T community.

Gay Advice Darlington and Durham work within both Durham and the Tees Valley area providing support to the LGB&T community, in particular regarding hate crime. 

23/03/2016

40 – 2016

My Sisters Place – Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA)

Since October 2014 the Police and Crime Commissioner has funded a full time senior IDVA within My Sisters Place to support the Specialist Domestic Violence Court (SDVC). That funding came to an end in March 2016.

With a high demand for domestic abuse services across Cleveland and My Sisters Place in 2015 supporting 900 active cases, the need to maintain posts like this is extremely important to ensure that victims can access services that assist them in their coping and recovery. In addition to this the need to support the most high risk cases is imperative   in safeguarding victims. It has therefore been agreed to further fund this   post for a period of 12 months, from 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017.

23/03/2016

41 – 2016

Vehicle Recovery and Disposal Managed Service

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland procured the Vehicle Recovery and Disposal Managed Services with The Automobile Association via a Collaborative Framework with The Police and Crime Commissioners from Surrey and Sussex in 2012 as a Contract Participant.

The Current contract includes a referral fee back on to the PCC of £20 per recovery which is paid monthly. Based on 4010 recoveries during previous 12 month period saw an income of approximately £80,200.

The Joint Procurement Service of Surrey and Sussex have established this Framework Agreement via a fully EU compliant competition.

During negotiation the PCC of Surrey and Sussex have made a few significant changes to the Framework Agreement. All of these changes are non-negotiable by the Contract Participants, and are detailed in   the accompanying Procurement Report.

The Framework Agreement term is for 3 years with the option to extend by 12 additional months, making the maximum possible Framework Agreement term 4 years, however Contract Participants have the option of a 5 year term and split as a 3 + 2 and thus the Call Off Contract end date is after the end date of the Framework Agreement.

23/03/2016

42 - 2016

Sexual Violence Co-ordinator – Project Lead

The Tees SV Coordinator has over the past 12 months prepared a Tees Sexual Violence Needs Analysis (SVNA), developed a Tees SV Business Plan to address the 8 recommendations contained within the SVNA, acted as the lead officer supporting the chair of the Tees SV Commissioners Forum and the Tees SV Implementation Group and has carried out a review of the Tees Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs).

As a result of this work there is now a much greater understanding of the prevalence of sexual violence in Teesside, the services that are currently in place to support victims of sexual violence, the funding arrangements for those services and the needs for future services.  This relates to the victimisation of both adults and young people under the age of 18 years.

The existence of a co-ordinated partnership structure has created the opportunity for representatives from NHS England, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, the North and South Tees Clinical Commissioning Groups, the four Teesside Local Authorities and Cleveland Police to work in collaboration to address the inconsistencies in SV service that exist across the area.

NHS England has recently prepared a draft Project Initiation Document (PID) that outlines a vision for an Integrated Sexual Violence Service across Teesside.     This will cover the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), Crisis work and Sexual Assault Examinations carried out at the SARC / Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), the ISVA service and sexual violence counselling services.

The foundations are now in place for an effective collaborative approach to be taken to address sexual violence in a consistent way across Teesside.

During the next financial year there will be a need to present the proposed approach to the various strategic planning groups i.e.

 

•               the   Tees Directors of Public Health,

•               the   Strategic Vulnerable, Exploited, Missing and Trafficked (VEMT) Group,

•               the   Local Authority Health and Wellbeing Boards,

•               Community   Safety Partnerships and

•               Adult   and Children’s Safeguarding Boards.

 

It is proposed that the Tees SV Coordinator act as the Project Manager to manage the delivery of the workstreams outlined within the Project Initiation Document to move towards the commissioning of a Tees Integrated Sexual Assault Service.     This will assist in the preparation of service specifications for the SARC and the ISVA Service and an agreed pathway for Sexual Violence Counselling services for both adults and young people under the age of 18 years.  These services could potentially be varied, renegotiated or recommissioned during 2017/18.

 

23/03/2016

43 – 2016

Safer in Communities Project (SIC)

The Halo Project deals with women who are at the heart of their communities and are often best placed to recognise early warning signs of radicalisation. This can include noticing behavioural changes in people in the home or community which might be of concern, whether that be in terms of drug addiction, gang involvement, or recruitment to terrorism.

However, Muslim women have been identified as having little contact or interaction with the police as highlighted by research commissioned by the NPCC called ‘Assessing the Effects of Prevent Policing'.

The Halo " SIC"   Project- (Safer in Communities) will involve the BME community and wider groups to engage with the issue of radicalisation and extremism by providing safe open spaces and constructive dialogue which looks at the signs, issues and support available for those at risk. The project will be in community by   providing the following interventions:-

 

  •   Community Workshops; by engaging with constituted and informal groups   within Cleveland workshops will be provided which will highlight the risks,   attitudes and barriers for individuals.

 

  •   Virtual Community Network - a web based platform will be developed for   forums and information networks which can support worried or concerned   community members. This will include a campaign to report concerns within the   community. There will also be "SIC" banner stands left in community   centres which will be rotated across Cleveland to raise the awareness of the   initiative.

 

  •   Round Table meeting - learning from the project along with subject experts   will be brought together where the sharing of good practice can take place to   understand the issues affecting communities living in Cleveland.

 

  •   Islamaphobia Hate Crime "SIC" reporting - The project will   raise the awareness of islamphobic hate crimes, how to report crimes and   identify what barriers exist for BME communties.

 

The project links into a number of other projects that the PCC has supported including work around increasing the reporting of incidents by the BMe community, specifically hate crime. 

23/03/2016

44 –   2016

Rural Surveillance Cameras

Rural crime is an issue across many areas of Cleveland, and the use of surveillance cameras has been deployed previously to assist farmers and landowners in tackling rural crime. This has proved to be of great use, particularly   when it comes to reassurance and increased community confidence, together   with evidence gathering to assist in prosecutions.

Cameras have been used on farms, businesses and other rural settings as an additional tool in conjunction with police patrols.

The previous batch of cameras had a red light which activated when triggered,   which in turn has resulted in them being found and damaged. These six   replacement cameras deploy an invisible night beam, making them undetectable   to perpetrators.

The cameras will be loaned to rural community members through the Community & Partnerships Team, and will be promoted to local communities through the Tees Rural Crime Forum, chaired by the Police and Crime Commissioner, and through Cleveland’s Police’s Wildlife Crime Officers.

23/03/2016

45 – 2016

Prisoner Earning Act Funding

The Prisoners Earnings Act 1996 (PEA) was brought into force on the 26th September 2011 and formed part of the Government's commitment to ensure more of the costs of supporting victims of crime fall to offenders.

At the time of implementation in 2011, the Ministers decided that all the funds generated by deductions, and retained by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), should be paid to a voluntary organisation to support victims, and decided that Victim Support should receive all of the money collected. This is the current   arrangement.

Since the end of 2011/12 Victim Support have received all revenue from the PEA. Victim Support used the funding to provide what they refer to as commissioned services.  Access to a commissioned service is considered as part of the victim's   needs assessment.  Requests are decided by the Victim Care Unit (VCU) manager who had responsibility for the local budget.

In 2014/15 this funding was devolved to PCCs, who are responsible for commissioning victim referral services locally.  The MOJ now confirms that the   PEA funding will be included in the PCC grant agreements for 2015/2016 and   2016/17.

As a result of these changes a review has taken place in respect of the need for additional funding to be made available for the use of the Victim Care and Advice Service (VCAS) to help victims cope with the immediate impact of crime and assist them in their   subsequent recovery. This fund will only be used for the following purposes:

  •   Provide target hardening measures i.e. repairs,   window locks, door security etc. to improve security in the home.
  •   Provide crime prevention devices i.e. personal   attack alarms etc. to provide reassurance when outside the home.
  •   Assist with essential transport and travel costs.
  •   Cover the costs of translation when supporting   victims that have difficulty speaking and understanding English.
  •   Provide support for young victims of crime.   This may be to purchase items that were   needed for them to engage with activities aimed at reducing the risk of   repeat victimisation and aiding their recovery.
  •   Provide therapeutic support / counselling that   would not otherwise be available.
  •   Support emergency accommodation and if necessary   assist with some costs towards removals.
  •   Assist with cleaning premises i.e. following a   burglary or an assault in the home.

 

23/03/016

46 – 2016

Operation Encompass – Domestic Abuse Officer x2

Operation Encompass is a multi-agency approach to give early notification to schools that a child or young person has been present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident. Nominated key adults within schools across the Cleveland area receive information from Cleveland Police to afford them the opportunity of assessing the needs of the child during the school day and, should it be deemed appropriate to do so, to provide early support.

The Police and Crime Commissioner provided funding for the set-up of Operation Encompass in 2014/15 via funding awarded through the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) Competed Fund. From there further support has been provided for the initiative through funding two Domestic Abuse Officer posts (Decision Reference 39 – 2015 and 59 – 2015) employed by Safe in Tees Valley, to enable the reviewing of recorded domestic abuse incidents and to identify those incidents that meet the criteria for Operation Encompass. This funding came to an end on 31 March 2016.

In order for this project to continue successfully and after a review of the Domestic Abuse Officer’s Job Descriptions it has been agreed to further fund these post for 12 months through Safe in Tees Valley from 1 April 2017.

**An erratum has been published to remedy a non-material administrative slip and printing error in the original Decision Record Form resulting in the end of the concluding sentence being omitted from the Executive Summary.
Erratum to Decision Record 46-2016

23/03/2016

47 – 2016

Specialist Men’s Advocate for Domestic Violence   Perpetrators – Pilot Programme Contribution – My Sisters Place

There is growing recognition locally and nationally, that to tackle the endemic problems of domestic violence the cause of the problem needs to be dealt with; as well as supporting victims to safety and recovery. Through the experience that  My Sisters Place has developed over the years in supporting victims, in addition to their research conducted in regards to high risk cases of domestic abuse they have identified a number of gaps in the current approach which results in;

  •   Victims carrying responsibility for abusive and   violent partners;
  •   A lack of early intervention with perpetrators;
  •   No support or advice for perpetrators who may be   entering systems that will escalate them into the criminal justice system
  •   A missing link between victims, services and   perpetrator that could address the well documented pattern of behaviour that   escalates over time

 

23/03/016

48 – 2016

Show Racism the Red Card

Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) is an anti-racism education charity which looks to use anti-racism education workshops to engage young people and adults. The charity provides workshops which are interactive, safe and non-judgemental. The participants are encouraged to reflect on their own internal prejudices in an attempt to reflect on them and in turn to consider an alternative view.  

The   ultimate aims of the charity are to:

  • reduce the incidents of racism in communities
  • increase the reporting of racist   incidents
  • reduce of anger and prejudice aimed   at minority communities
  • encourage the rejection of racist   attitudes

This project will cover the following elements:

  • Anti-Racism Education in School
  • Counter Terrorism and Prevention of Violent Extremism Teacher Training Conferences
  •  Pilot Police Force Anti-Racism   Training

23/03/2016

49 – 2016

Contribution towards Taxi Marshalling Service   within Hartlepool

Taxi Marshalling schemes can be found in night time economy areas throughout the country and are highly valued by organisations such as the Police, Town Pastors and taxi drivers themselves.  The scheme which operates in Hartlepool between the hours of 0100 and 0500 at Station Approach in Church Street was introduced in response to high levels of crime and disorder amongst those enjoying the night time economy. It is believed to have contributed towards the significant reductions in violent crime over recent years.

Due to funding restraints within Hartlepool’s Public Health team proposals were presented to the Safer Hartlepool Partnership in November 2015 to find alternative sources of funding to enable continuation of the scheme going forward. Partners around the table were asked if they would contribute to the scheme which costs approximately £8,000   per annum.

The Police and Crime Commissioner recognises the importance of such schemes having previously supported the Town Pastors and the work they also do within the night time economy. It was therefore agreed that a contribution of £1,000 would be provided in support of the taxi marshalling service in Hartlepool.

23/03/2016

50 – 2016

Wisedrive Young Driver Scheme

The Wisedrive young driver scheme offers an all-day event aimed at year 11 students. It is delivered as a multi-agency event which aims to positively influence attitudes and behaviour amongst young road users and pre-drivers with particular emphasis on the ‘Fatal Four’ the most common causes of death and serious injury in road traffic collisions involving young drivers, namely drink and drugs; seatbelts; speed; and distractions such as mobile phones. 
  
Students attend interactive workshops focusing on these issues via carousel   style learning.  These learning programs have the added factor of the involvement of families who have suffered real tragedy as a result of the loss of their loved ones in Road Collisions.  Students are encouraged to make good choices when first learning to drive and are encouraged to have the confidence to challenge poor decisions when a passenger in a vehicle with their peers.

The initiative will empower the students to understand irresponsible driving and the impact that can have on themselves, other road users and the community as a whole.  

This initiative is already well established having being successfully delivered in Durham for the last 10 years.

The year 1 pilot scheme will be delivered over one week involving four secondary schools in Cleveland.  Funding will contribute to hire of the venue, the purchase of road safety resource packs and staff to deliver the workshops.

The pilot scheme will be the foundation on which to advertise the scheme to local secondary schools, to achieve greater interest and recognition of the scheme in   Cleveland.  Durham Wisedrive event was attended by over 1,200 students in 2015 and received excellent press coverage, (both radio and TV) and fantastic positive feedback from both attendees and their teachers. 

Delivery of the scheme and its impact will be reported direct to the Strategic Road Safety Partnership.

23/03/2016

51 – 2016

Road Safety Initiatives

The PCC has a contract in place with Hartlepool Council who manage the National Driver   Offender Re-Training Scheme (NDORS) within Cleveland. Unlike many commercial organisations Hartlepool Council deliver this contract on a not-for-profit basis and in doing so provide funds back to the PCC to invest in Road Safety Initiatives..

In line with the governance arranagements put in place by the PCC the Cleveland Road Safety Partnership then assess any bids for this funding before recommending to the PCC those that they support and believe will help with Road Safety.

The PCC has received bids that have support from the Road Safety Partnership for approval as follows:

  • Bike Safe -   £1,282
  • Camera Enforcement Unit - £14,660
  • Bike Light - £1,000 
  • Operation Eucalyptus - £5,000

The details that support these bids are attached to this decision record form.

23/03/2016

52 – 2016

Victims Services Research and Development Manager

The proposal is for the provision of a Research and Development Manager to research, analyse and develop referral pathways and gap analysis for victims in the Cleveland and Durham areas from 1st April 2016. The Research and Development Manager will be directed by the Cleveland OPCC and Durham OPCC. The Research and Development Manager will be required to operate with an appropriate degree of autonomy and ethical separation from Safe in Tees Valley to ensure independence when investigating, auditing and delivering recommendations related to the projects and tasks given by the OPCC. Suitable provision has been made in the grant agreement to this effect.

23/03/2016

53 – 2016

Unsupported Applications from funding meeting on   25 February 2016

The PCC funding meeting considered two applications which were not supported following the funding approvals meeting on 25 February 2016.

The first project involved awareness sessions regarding Domestic Abuse within grass-root organisations across Middlesbrough. This was not supported as a free-standing grant proposal as it is something which will be considered in the future as part of a consistent approach across the whole of the Cleveland area linking to the regional Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.

The second project was a request for funding towards the refurbishment of a leisure facility. This was declined due to there being an insufficiently direct outcome relating to any of the five PCC priorities.

23/03/2016

54 – 2016

Crimestoppers funding for 2016/17

Crimestoppers provides vital information and intelligence to Cleveland Police as well as other national police forces.

Over 300,000 members of the public anonymously contact Crimestoppers annually, 110,000 reports are passed to the police and over 19,000 positive crime outcomes were achieved nationally in 2014/15.

Crimestoppers is well established in Cleveland and supports the aims of their five year strategy to improve their engagement with communities and improve the quality of information provided to Cleveland Police.

23/03/2016

55 –   2016

Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA) for the Redcar and Cleveland area, working from EVA/Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

EVA currently provides a full ISVA service to Redcar and Cleveland, this being the only ISVA provision in the area as the Local Authority do not currently commission an ISVA service.  EVA’s ISVA service is currently funded by the Home Office and was match funded by Northern Rock Foundation until August 2015.  Cleveland PCC match funded the remainder of the financial year from   September 2015 until March 2016, and the Home Office have confirmed funding   for 2016 – 17 with a similar match funding arrangement. EVA’s ISVA service   provides vital support and advocacy to those who have been victims of rape and serious sexual assault. The main referral route for victims is via the SARC, EVA will work closely with the SARC to ensure victims are able to cope and recover from the impact of the crime.     

23/03/2016

56 –2016

Health Education England Innovation Fund 2015/16

The Tees Strategic Vulnerable, Exploited, Missing and Trafficked (VEMT) Group (the strategic sub-group of Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland Local Safeguarding Boards) submitted a bid to the NHS Education England Innovation Fund 2015/16 to increase capacity of a range of practitioners to work with young people who are at risk of, or who have been subject to sexual exploitation, and to develop a set of resources and approaches to support the work of the Tees Group which is a multi-agency strategic partnership to safeguard and support vulnerable children.

The group were successful in this bid and awarded £175,000 in order fulfil an identified need for additional therapeutic and clinical approaches to working with some of the most vulnerable young people affected by sexual exploitation, and the lack of confidence and skills amongst agencies.

The project will provide the following benefits:

  •   Increasing the skills and confidence of   practitioners to improve quality of identification, assessment,   understanding, planning and support;
  •   Establish a new action learning approach to ensure   practitioners are able to further develop skills and experiences;
  •   Create a peer network to more effectively identify   and support those at risk of exploitation and shift focus away from a   reliance on disclosure to statutory agencies;
  •   Greater capacity to tackle risk factors and   therefore reduce risk;
  •   More effective cross agency learning and   implementation – across Police, schools, social care and health services;
  •   Reducing unmet need and increasing choice of, and   access to, services for targeted and high risk groups

Barnardo’s are currently the main support service for children and young people affected by Child Sexual Exploitation across the Cleveland area. It has therefore been agreed that they will be grant funded to deliver this project to build on their existing service provision but also due to the short term funding awarded (project has to be delivered by 31 March 2017).

23/03/2016

57 –   2016

 

Acklam Gym Club

 

Acklam Gym is a not for profit amateur gymnastics club that   has been established for over 35 years, they are affiliated to British Gymnastics and are Gym Mark Registered. They promote the amateur sport of gymnastics in Middlesbrough and the surrounding areas and by doing this provide opportunities to young people and children.

The club competes in local, regional and national competitions in Acrobatics, General Gymnastics, Tumbling and Team Gym disciplines and have had great success over the years. Located in a disadvantaged area where children may suffer from low self-confidence and physical fitness the Club aims to raise their self-confidence, physical, mental and social health which is likely to raise their aspirations and application to education, and therefore their employment prospects.  Membership is approximately 100 children ranging from  3- 17 years old currently.

Funding has been requested to support the expansion of club classes by adding a beginners tumbling class which will enable them to engage with more children in the area which will encourage them to keep active, fit and healthy at an early stage.  To enable this the Club would like to purchase a top tumbler which aids the development of specfic tumbling moves which would enable the children to take part in local, regional and national compeitions through the year.  The Club   carry out fund raising events themselves however having moved into new   premises well over a year ago they have had to concentrate their efforts on   repairing the roof and installing central heating to the facility which they currently occupy.  The Club is still paying for the heating hence the reason for applying for funding for this new equipment.

23/03/2016

58 –   2016

Halo Project – extension of funding to 30 September 2016

Since September 2012 and the establishment of the Halo Project, the Police Authority and latterly the Police and Crime Commissioner has provided funding in support of a service to protect and support victims of honour based violence and forced marriage (HBV/FM).

Due to a number of changes in the commissioning landscape it was agreed back in November 2015 that a joint commissioning exercise for the provision of support for victims of HBV/FM and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) will be completed together with Durham PCC. This coincides with the wider victim referral service that has recently been awarded. Due to this decision it was agreed to extend funding with the current provider to ensure consistency of service for 6 months to allow for this exercise to take place (Decision ref 99-2015).

A needs assessment is in the process of being completed for this service provision across both PCC areas which has taken longer than anticipated due to the often complicated and hidden nature of such crimes. It is therefore recommended that the current arrangements be extended for a further 6 months to enable completion of the needs assessment, an open service provider event to be held and procurement exercise to take place.

23/03/2016

59 –  2016

Security at Hartlepool & District Hospice Charity Shops in Hartlepool

Hartlepool & District Hospice manages 11 charity shops across Hartlepool and East Durham. Any surplus from the shops is used to support the charitable activities of the Hospice and goes directly towards patient care. Shop income is a key part of their diverse income streams and generates over £500,000 which is a massive contribution to the £3 million needed to run the organisation.  The Hospice employs three members of staff to manage and staff the shops. However in order to operate we are heavily dependent on the commitment and dedication of a team of volunteers. Volunteers are often in the shops without a paid member of staff present. Therefore their safety and security is of paramount importance as well as the customers visiting the shops. All the volunteers receive a full induction and training. There are security measures in place, for instance there is no lone working.

Many of the shops are in very deprived parts of Hartlepool often with high levels of local anti-social behaviour and the shops have been affected both inside and outside, from youths hanging around intimidating people to shoplifting. CCTV equipment in one of their stores on York Road has proved extremely useful with footage enabling offenders to be caught. Therefore they would like to increase security at more of their shops by purchasing additional CCTV equipment.

23/03/2016

60 – 2015

Haswell Allotments Security Scheme

The objectives of the Haswell Allotment Association is:

  •  To work with the Local Authority and other   statutory agencies to improve the allotment site at Haswell Avenue in   Hartlepool. 

 

  • To help plot   holders to learn about and practice good horticultural techniques and foster good   social relationships with each other and the local community.  As a result the health, knowledge and   education of plot holders is enhanced and the environmental appearance of the   site is improved.

 

  •   To work with and assist school pupils and teachers in the   cultivation of thier dedicated plot on the site and teach the pupils good   horticultural practices and explain the benfits of organic home grown fruit   and vegetables.

 

  •    To also assist with   the newly constructed environmental pond on the site specifcally used by the   school pupils to study wildlife and biodiversity in the recently aquired pond   dipping cabin.

Over the past few years the site has had numerous break-ins, thefts and vandalism, including a serious arson attack in 2014 resulting in several sheds and greenhouses destroyed leaving the elderly plot holders devastated. The Haswell Allotment Security Scheme initiative is to erect and maintain sensor security lights and cameras within the site to deter such anti social behaviour and protect the interests of the school plot, cabin, pond and their own secure storage container where garden machinery is kept overnight.

23/03/2016

61 – 2016

Hemlington LINX Detached Youth Work Programme

Hemlington LINX Project delivers detached and centre-based services to disadvantaged, disengaged and, often, highly disaffected children and young people who live in one of the country’s most deprived areas. 

Using a targeted approach to engage the hardest-to-reach and marginalised young people, the project provides a comprehensive service for 10 to 25 year olds.  Once engaged, there is access to diverse additional support, structured to help young people improve their immediate and future life prospects and to increase their ability to avoid or end risky life styles.

Detached youth work is one the project’s unique aspects, involving youth workers meeting and engaging with young people on the streets and signposting them to appropriate services.  Hemlington Linx runs programmes that have all been designed to maximise physical, mental and sexual health and to enhance emotional well-being.Some examples of recent work are sexual and mental health awareness; parenting and interactive 'babies' courses; smoking cessation/avoidance; combating alcohol & substance abuse; peer support & mentoring and healthy eating & cooking courses. 

The project has received the support of the Middlesbrough Local Policing Area Commander and the local Integrated Neighbourhood Team who go out on joint detached street based sessions. This funding will enable the provision of detached youthwork sessions, together with diversionary activities and workshops for young people.

23/03/2016

62 -   2016

Human Trafficking   Training

In September 2014, Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner hosted a regional awareness raising event in regards to Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery. The event was held as part of the North East Violence against Women and Girls Strategy and focussed on Human Trafficking from a local, national and international perspective. It became apparent from this event based on discussions throughout the day and feedback received from delegates that there was a lack of understanding around Human Trafficking and the role of first responders.

Between May – December 2015 nine Human Trafficking Training Sessions were delivered by Hope for Justice with over 400 attendees from a wide range of settings including Police, Local Authorities, CPS, Probation and Housing Associations etc.

To ensure that the right people have had the opportunity to attend a training session it has been agreed to host two final sessions specifically targeted at those who may potentially come into contact with victims. These sessions will be held on:

  •   2 May 2016                  
  •   12 May 2016

The aims of the sessions will remain as before and including:

  •   Explaining what Human Trafficking is and the   different types that exist
  •   Recognising the signs/indicators of the different   types of trafficking
  •   Understanding relevant legislation
  •   Know how to respond appropriately to a victim in a   case of Human Trafficking should they come across one

 

23/03/2016

63 –   2016

Request for assistance from the Police & Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire

The Police & Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire has requested assistance by way of local policing body collaboration to achieve compliance with her responsibilities pursuant to Schedule 1 Paragraph 7 Police Reform & Social Responsibility Act 2011.

23/03/2016

64 – 2016

Domestic Abuse Victim Referral Service

The Victims Referral Service has been provided in Cleveland and Durham via grant arrangements through the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) prior to 2015 and for 2015/16 via a grant agreement jointly between the two PCCs. The service has been provided by Victim Support for many years and their support has been very much appreciated.

The Durham and Cleveland PCCs in 2015/16 agreed that due to the changing legislation for victims, the changing environment for the provision of services and increasing service providers, that it would be appropriate to test the market to ensure that the maximum value for money was being achieved, at the same time as defining a revised specification to achieve the optimum service to victims. Following a robust procurement exercise a contract was awarded in December 2015 to Safe In Tees Valley.

During this time it became apparent that in Cleveland there were many specialist services providers delivering services to victims of domestic abuse and it was felt that victims of such incidents / crime should be supported by specialist agencies that have the in-depth  experience of working with such clients and understand their needs. Domestic and Sexual Abuse was therefore excluded from this contract.

To ensure that no victims ‘slip through the net’ and to ensure that all victims regardless of risk status are offered a service, work is on-going with Safe in Tees Valley and their Victim Care and  Advice Service (VCAS) to develop a pilot project to ensure all victims of  domestic abuse are referred to specialist support services if they wish.

A number of reviews are currently ongoing in Cleveland Police including in the Protecting Vulnerable People Unit (PVP).  Any suggested pilot will be discussed with this team and the Business Transformation Unit (BTU) who are leading on the implementation of these changes to ensure no duplication and that proposals compliment what is already delivered.

23/03/2016

 65 - 2016

Referral to Independent Police Complaints Commission – Former Chief Constable Sean Price

In my capacity as the holder of the office of Police & Crime Commissioner; and in particular as appropriate authority in respect of officers of the rank of Chief Constable, including those who have retired, I am satisfied that it is appropriate to formally refer specific matters, amounting to potential conduct matters within the meaning of the law, to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. I am further satisfied that it is appropriate to do so in view of the exceptional circumstances (within the meaning of paragraph 13 of Schedule 3 to the Police Reform Act 2002) and to do so forthwith, today 31 March 2016.

The officer in question is former Chief Constable Sean Price.

The potential conduct matters are set out more fully in the formal referral documentation.

In December 2014 I became aware of an allegation, made against a man, in 2006, of historic sexual abuse. I supported the Force’s course of action taken forward from December 2014, to respond to that allegation in a victim-focussed manner and which discharged all appropriate steps required in relation to the safeguarding responsibilities of the Force and partner agencies.

It was not, in my judgement, appropriate at that time to record or refer any potential conduct matters arising from the way in which the matter had been handled in 2006 (during Chief Constable Price’s tenure) whilst those victim-focussed and safeguarding steps were underway.

I arranged for my Chief of Staff to be kept informed of the Force’s operational steps and latterly, of the engagement by the Force with the Independent Police Complaints Commission which was put in hand by the Force in October 2015.

It remained inappropriate, in my judgement, to record or refer any potential conduct matters in respect of the former Chief Constable following the conclusion of those steps, in view of (amongst other matters) the overriding wish of the alleged victim for absolute confidentiality; and the fact that documentation related to this matter had already been considered by investigators during the criminal and misconduct investigation known as Operation Sacristy.

I am now aware that the criminal investigation undertaken under that victim-focussed approach has concluded in so far as it is possible to do, at this time.

I am also aware, although no individual or agency is at liberty to – or, as far as I know, has any intention to – identify the alleged victim; that the substantive allegation (and questions over the handling of it in 2006) is to be placed in the public domain by the print media on 1 April 2016. This has been notified to my Office as a certainty on 30 March 2016 at 18:36 and I have taken this decision immediately thereafter.

In my judgement this materially affects my earlier assessment of my powers and duties in respect of the referral of the potential conduct matters; specifically, the substantive allegation cannot any longer remain absolutely confidential in the manner previously anticipated as part of the victim-focussed approach.

I am accordingly putting in hand the immediate referral of the potential conduct matters to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

31/3/2016

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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