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Decisions of the PCC - May 2015

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







42 – 2015

Hartlepool Cadets Operation Scarecrow

To approve £745 spend from the PCC Community Safety Initiatives fund to enable the Hartlepool Unit of the Cleveland Police Cadets to purchase 100 padlock alarms to support a crime prevention/reduction initiative for allotments in the Hartlepool area.

The initiative is a joint   Operation between the Integrated Neighbourhood Teams (INTS) and the Hartlepool Police Cadets, named Operation Scarecrow, which is aimed at crime prevention and reduction for allotments in the Local Policing Area.

The Operation will take place in 3 phases carried out over 3 consecutive weeks. As part of Phase 1 the cadets will be taught how to deliver crime prevention advice. This training will be delivered by a Crime Prevention Officer from Hartlepool Borough Council. The cadets will also design a crime prevention leaflet. Phase 2 will involve the distribution of the leaflets and property marking at the allotments. The leaflets will   include the date and time of Phase 3 which will involve the distribution of 100 padlock alarms together with pedal cycle labels which have been donated by Hartlepool Borough Council Crime Prevention



43 – 2015

Firewall for the Public Service   Network in Policing (PSNP) Capital Scheme

This is a Government wide initiative that will see all UK public sector organisations that utilise a secure government connection migrate to the new secure network (PSN). As part of this initiative, the Home Office have mandated an upgrade to the secure CJX communications network that all organisations in the criminal justice system, including policing, use for electronic communication (emails etc).

The Public Service Network in Policing (PSNP) scheme provides improved security and accreditation to Home Office standards. Without this scheme Cleveland Police and Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner will not be allowed to operate on the police secure network and communicate electronically with other Forces.

A capital budget of £603k has previously been approved by the Police and Crime Commissioner. The scheme is in progress and at the end of March £90k had been expended with the remaining expenditure largely being incurred in April.

The   revised standards for policing are exacting and have resulted in this large,   complex and expensive technical infrastructure scheme. As the scheme has   progressed further guidance has been issued by the Home Office strongly   encouraging Force's to procure a managed firewall service at a cost of  £42.2k. The Force Information Security Officer supports this recommendation and has advised adopting a managed firewall solution to provide both the Force and National Accreditor that data security criteria are being complied with.




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