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Decisions of the PCC - July 2013

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 Form - Code of Corporate Governance

At the Audit Committee held on the 27 June 2013, the first Code of Corporate Governance since the election was presented to the independent Members of the Committee who were asked to scrutinise the contents and recommend that the PCC adopts the Code subject to their review. They duly did this.

The adoption of this Code of Corporate Governance also completes the only action that arose from the recent Internal Audit review of the Governance Arrangements post the election of the PCC.

This code effectively brings together 5 documents, previously adopted by the PCC into an overarching framework. These documents are:

  • Decision Making Structure
  • Scheme of Delegation
  • Financial Regulations
  • Contract Standing Orders
  • Anti Fraud and Corruption Strategy 




Funding for policing
Dance Event in Stockton

Seeking approval to obtain funding from local authority to pay for the costs of Policing a 'Dance' event in Stockton on the 14th July 2013.

The event is based on the Got to Dance TV programme recorded by production company, Shine TV, to be shown on Sky TV at a later date. This event involves the dance group ‘Diversity’ teaching four groups of dancers to dance live before the audience in Stockton High Street.

These groups include 3 off duty police officers, refuse management, a 'youth' team, business workers and teachers.The Shine TV production team then encourage the estimated 5,000 crowd to do some basic dance moves with the other groups. The whole event will be recorded and go out pre recorded on Sky TV.

Stockton Borough Council (SBC) are the event organisers for Shine TV. Their events team brought the event plan to the police and agreed the level of policing that was required, which is one Inspector one Sergeant and seven police constables Shine TV are paying the costs of policing and SBC Events team.

Due to the receipt of the funding there will be no impact on day to day resources in Stockton.




for the
provision of Vehicle Hire

The North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) carried out a benchmarking exercise against the old framework contract, Government Procurement Service (GPS) contract and the Eastern Shires Procurement Organisation (ESPO) contract.

As a result of this procurement exercise, 27 providers are included within this Framework, which provides access to a wide range of vehicles.


On the Blue Light Procurement Database (BLPD) there are other vehicle hire contracts, however these are not available for all Forces to use. Cheshire Police are in the process of a National Tender Exercise, however this is not available at this time. The NEPO arrangement offers value for money and enables us to use suppliers which are from the local economy.





Agile Working Programme - Estate Utilisation (Vulnerable Persons Unit)

As a result of the work undertaken by Project I and further initiatives underway through the Agile and Orbis programmes, there is an opportunity to review the current physical estate which is required to deliver policing within Cleveland.

The recent merger of the Vulnerable Persons Unit (VPU) North and VPU South teams into a central team to be housed in Middlesbrough HQ, has provided the opportunity to review the need for the buildings that both teams are currently located within.

Due to the relocation of both teams into Middlesbrough HQ both the VPU Billingham and VPU Kirkleatham buildings will become empty and are no longer required by the force. It is therefore recommended that the leases of the buildings are ended.

Due to break clauses within the contract, Cleveland Police have exercised the right to terminate the leases, this had to be exercised prior to June 2013 and before recommendation to the PCC. This allows the earliest possible exit from the leases if approved. The lease for VPU Billingham would end in October 2013 and Kirkleatham in June 2014. Failure to have exercised this right would have tied the PCC into these lease agreements for a number of years. There is scope to continue the lease if it is deemed that the buildings are still necessary.

It is the recommendation of the Agile programme that the leases end as per the agreement with the landlords. There are substantial savings to be made with the ending of the leases, VPU Billingham costs approximately £60,000 per annum and VPU Kirkleatham approximately £80,000 per annum.

Both sites are not public facing and the functions have been accommodated into Middlesbrough HQ as part of the Orbis structural changes.







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