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Decisions of the PCC - November 2014

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 







57 – 2014

Victims Funding – SPARC

From 1 October 2014 funding for victims of crime transferred to Police and Crime Commissioners from the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to commission victims services. In advance of this responsibility the PCC commissioned a review: Victims Services within Cleveland.. One of the recommendations within the report suggested that the PCC continues to fund the areas that were previously funded by the MOJ but for which the funding has now passed to the PCC, until 31 March 2015.

SPARC was one of these organisations. They propose to use the £14,347 requested from the PCC to continue to provide the service that is summarised below:

SPARC would provide increased engagement between Criminal Justice Agencies and the travelling communities. This would be achieved by holding Community Engagement Events x6 and by hosting awareness raising training for Criminal Justice Agencies x4. 



58 – 2014

Forensic Mobile Phone Examination System

Summary within Decision Record Form 



59 – 2014

Period 6 Capital Budget Changes

Summary within Decision Record Form



60 – 2014

Funding for Cadet Service (2014 - 2017)

The overall aim of the Cleveland Police Cadet Service is to create socially responsible young people through involvement in crime prevention and safer community activities.

The Grant is to be awarded to Safe in Tees Valley, who have been running the Cadet Service in Cleveland over the past five years.

In accordance with Decision Record 7-2013, the review of the Police Cadet Service has been completed.  The key findings are as follows: -

Re-direction/rehabilitation of potential offenders/offenders

The findings were positive and the recruitment for the cadet scheme showed that at least 40% of Cadet recruits come from a vulnerable background. There are some notable examples of individuals who have joined the scheme and have completely turned their lives around, becoming positive role models for other young people. Some have continued to be involved in the Cadet Service by becoming junior leaders, whilst others have gone on to undertake other commendable activities working with young people in other organisations. It is therefore quite clear that this objective has been, and continues to be, valid, current and being achieved.

Support for neighbourhood policing by supporting local policing events and/or local community events

This requires more development as there was a general acceptance that this was one of the areas there was less evidence of what it was providing in support of police initiatives and neighbourhood policing. There is a need to get the cadets more involved with the work of local neighbourhood teams in each Local Policing Area and have a higher profile within those geographic areas.

Support for youths who would be considering a career in the police service

The Cadet Service is not considered as a recruitment pool for the regular service, whilst recognising that some individuals who complete the scheme may later go on to join the Special Constabulary and ultimately the regular police service.  The Cadets however will work closely with the police service so that they can make clear choices as to whether policing is a future career choice for them.

Service Specification for the Cadet Service

The service specification for the Cadet Service has been updated to reflect the above review findings, and the key outputs/outcomes are:

The target is to recruit 140 Cadets per year to engage in the Cadet programme.

The aim is for all of those Cadets to successfully complete their programme which has seven (7) areas of achievement namely:-

  • Citizenship and Volunteering
  • Life Skills
  • Health and Fitness
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Purpose of the Police
  • Crime Awareness
  • Community Safety

The aim is for 90% of Cadets to complete at least four (4) units of the Cleveland Curriculum, 80% to complete at least six (6) units and 70% to complete all seven (7) units (with Leadership recognition). The target is to have at least 50% of the intake of Cadets each year from a vulnerable background.



61 – 2014

Travel & Accommodation

Summary within Decision Record Form 



62 – 2014

Arrangements for attachment of Chief Constable Cheer to College of Policing, January to
March 2015

The Chief Constable has been selected by the College of Policing to lead the 2015 Strategic Command Course, delivered by the College of Policing.

The Police & Crime Commissioner has indicated his support for the arrangement, highlighting in particular

  • The prestigious nature of the Strategic Command Course; and
  • The benefit to future police leaders of Chief Constable Cheer’s experience and expertise; and
  • The sign of confidence from national stakeholders in Cleveland Police and in Chief Constable Cheer.

The formal arrangements are set out in a Memorandum of Understanding, annexed as Appendix A to this Decision Record, the content of which is self-explanatory.

With the approval of the Police & Crime Commissioner and by operation of law, during the absence of the Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal will assume the role of Acting Chief Constable.

Both HMIC and the Chair of the Police & Crime Panel are aware of the arrangements and supportive of them. 



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