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Decisions of the PCC - January 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








01 – 2016

Teesside University Graduate     Internships

Internship Programmes are created to provide opportunities for new graduates to gain practical experience appropriate to the level of the skills developed on degree programmes. Both graduates and employing organisations benefit from taking part in such programmes from gaining practical work experience to having ambitious   individuals as part of the workforce. 

Cleveland Police submitted an application to Teesside University to offer six funded graduate intern opportunities within the Protecting Vulnerable People Department to assist with research relating to victims and perpetrators. The Police and Crime   Commissioner is in support of these applications with the research topics aligned to priorities as set out in the Police and Crime Plan and Commissioning Strategy.

In order for both the graduates and employing organisations to gain the maximum benefit from such a programme, individual projects will be provided to graduates for the scope of their internship. These projects being:

  •   Understanding the        victim’s journey through domestic abuse, with a view to identifying and  overcoming barriers which enable        Cleveland Police, with its partners to   achieve the best possible        outcomes for the victim
  •   The effective        management of Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse

Detailed aims and objectives will be provided to each intern including planned outcomes for both Cleveland Police and the graduates.

Graduates’ responsibilities during the programme have been designed to ensure that the project is achievable within a twelve-week time frame and that measurable outcomes are clear to ensure that their contribution can be evaluated and used for the benefit of any future work.

Graduates are employed by Teesside University for the duration of the internship and are therefore:

  • Subject to the University        procedures and employment policies.
  • Covered by the        University’s Public  Liability insurance for the duration of the        placement

Interns are required to use their own IT equipment, they will be required to undergo police vetting and necessary information sharing and data processing agreements will be put in place to ensure the lawful sharing of information. The Force Information Security Officer has approved these arrangements.

The recruitment of internships has been managed by the University’s Human Resource Department via a competitive application process to ensure the right people are assigned to the most suitable work placement.



02 - 2016

Finance and   Contract Update for   the Sopra Steria partnership Agreement

In June 2010 Members of the former Police Authority agreed to enter into a £175m Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) with Steria (now Sopra Steria) which would save the organisation £49.8m over the following 10 years. The partnership commenced on   the 1st July 2010 and on the 1st October 2010, 514 Cleveland Police staff transferred by way of TUPE, to Steria.

Further to the initial outsourcing agreement Members of the former Police Authority approved, as part of the process of meeting the Authority’s contractual arrangements in relation to the displaced staff and to generate further savings to outsource 2 further areas. These were the Crime Management Unit and the Emergency and Event Planning & Risk, Resilience and Safety Unit.

Through the outsourcing of   these additional areas and other changes to the contract made at that time   the initial contract value increased by £8.1m from £175.2m   to £183.3m   for the 10 year period. The reported savings on the initial 10 year contract   also increased by £21.1m from £49.8m to £70.9m.

The savings of £70.9m over the 10 year period represented a saving of 27.9% against the comparable cost of providing these services in house at the time. Through the outsourcing, the organisation was able to reduce the number of Police Officers in roles that didn’t require warranted powers by 163 FTEs. Therefore while Police Officer numbers within Cleveland have reduced significantly over the last 5   years, due to reduced grant funding, this contract has enabled the reduction   of 163 FTE Police Officer posts without  impacting on any ‘front line’ posts.

The PCC inherited the contract   by operation of law as a result of the transfer of rights and liabilities   from the former Police Authority in 2012.

Many things have changed since the contract was initially entered into and therefore all parties agreed that it was important to revisit the services delivered by this contract to ensure that it supported the revised structures within the Force, both now   and in the future.

The Force has accordingly made recommendations to the PCC for adjustments to the contract. The PCC may wish to request that the Force reviews the operational and public service impact of the proposed changes, once implemented in their final form.

Appended  to this Decision Record Form is Part 2, which is not published for the time being on the basis that it contains information which is commercially  confidential and subject to consultation with employee representation and is  exempt from publication by virtue of Article 2(2) Elected Local Policing Bodies   (Specified Information) Order 2011 as amended. 



03 – 2016

Middlesbrough Sea Cadets

Middlesbrough Sea Cadets offers young people aged 10-18 an environment where they can find new inspiration and confidence as they develop a range of life skills and earn nationally recognised qualifications.

As a result of crime, the door of the cadet unit building has been damaged. The Sea Cadets are replacing the door however they have applied for funding as they would like to install additional measures to protect them from future crime. They have   asked for funding to purchase security lighting which will be motion triggered.

This request supports the PCC’s priority diverting people from offending, with a focus on rehabilitation and the prevention of reoffending.



04 – 2016

Hartlepool U17s

Hartlepool U17’s provide football training and matches and also compete in the TJFA league. The club have applied for funding from the Police Property Act Fund for the 2015/16 pitch hire.

This decision supports the PCC’s priority working for better industrial and community relations.



05 – 2016

Media Cultured CIC

Media Cultured CIC is a UK based social enterprise that designs and delivers 'identity and integration' workshops to enhance social cohesion and counter radicalisation and racism in the UK.

An application was made to introduce and distribute the Media Cultured product in to a total of 10 local schools, academies and colleges within the Teesside area.

Schools that choose to take up the initiative will then be invited to attend a 1-off training day that is to be supplied by Media Cultured. Upon successful completion of the training; attendees will receive education materials along with lesson plan.     

The effect of this work will be to educate and support  students and to help promote social cohesion by challenging racism, pathways to radicalisation and to promote the   'shared values' required to build strong  and united communities.

This initiatives supports the PCC’s priority diverting people from offending, with a focus on rehabilitation and the prevention of reoffending.



06 – 2016

Impact Drama Group

The Impact Drama Group performs stage shows and delivers social message information that is both live and recorded. They have provided two short video clips for the PCC in the past regarding Hate Crime. The group applied  for £4,500 for a   collapsible stage for the drama group and the PCC decided to  give a contribution towards the stage of £500 from the Police Property Act Fund.  The drama group are going to raise money to raise the other £4,000 for the stage.

This application supports the PCC’s priority working for better industrial and community relations.



07 – 2016

Shop Wise Project

The   Shop Wise Project is an initiative developed by Northumbria Coalition Against   Crime (NCAC) incorporating the North East Retail Crime Partnership and Youth &   Community Programmes which is aimed at engaging young people on the subject   of retail crime. NCAC have requested funding to enable 30 sessions to be delivered reaching approximately 750 pupils in schools in Redcar and Cleveland and Middlesbrough. To enable to session to have more impact the sessions are   delivered by a retailer and a NCAC facilitator. The retailers gain specific training from NCAC prior to co facilitating sessions.

The Shop Wise Project supports the PCCs priority of diverting people from offending, with a focus on rehabilitation and the prevention of reoffending.



08 - 2016

Safer Hartlepool Partnership     Communications Strategy

The purpose of the communication strategy is to raise the profile of Safer Hartlepool Partnership and its activities, to engage, consult and feedback outcomes to the community and partners and to make residents feel safer and   reduce   the fear of crime.

The communication strategy supports the PCC’s priority of developing better  coordination, communication and partnership between agencies to make best use  of resources.



09 – 2016

Recovery Documentary and   Media Course

Hope North East is a peer led recovery orientated organisation that works with partners and the wider community to provide support services, influenced and informed by service users, for all those affected by substance misuse.

The proposed initiative will provide an opportunity for ten people in recovery to   document their journey through film. The project will provide a taught AQA qualification in film production delivered by DMC Media.

The funding provided will pay for the DMC Media fee which includes training and also a film premiere.

The recovery documentary and media course supports the PCC’s initiative of diverting people from offending, with a focus on rehabilitation and the prevention of reoffending.



10 – 2016

Stockton Crime Prevention Panel

Stockton Crime Prevention Panel have set up a scheme called The Safe At Home Scheme which makes way for qualified crime prevention officers to visit victims and put security measures in place to make people’s homes more secure. In return this   allows victims to remain and feel safe within their own home.

The Panel have applied for funding to purchase equipment such as security lighting, security hardware  and CCTV devices. They also want to improve door  security on   highlighted vulnerable properties to prevent them from becoming repeat victims.



11 – 2016

Charltons Community Centre

Charltons Community Centre is a voluntary ran charity, providing community facilities   for the village of Charltons and its surrounding towns and villages. The committee endeavour to keep the facility operational for the use of the residents and local groups to encourage social cohesion and wellbeing.

The Centre has applied for funding from the Police Property Act Fund to help with part of the ongoing renovation plans for the centre. The centre was developed  to allow   disabled access, although the centre has an existing ramp and railings, the   railings need some attention and maintenance. It is the aim of this project   to hold a series of workshops with a local blacksmith, for the children and   young people who live in the surrounding area of the centre to attend. It is hoped that from the workshops a design will be developed for a set of new railings, incorporating the area's mining heritage and the natural landscape.



12 – 2016

Precept Proposal 2016/17

Legislation  requires that the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) agrees their budget and   associated precept and basic council tax for the forthcoming year before 1s March each year. However before doing so the PCC must notify the relevant Police and Crime Panel, by the 31st January, of the precept which they   propose to issue for the following financial year.

The PCC has been informed by the Government that ‘Total central Government  resource funding to policing, including funding for counter terrorism, will be reduced by 1.3% in real terms over   four years. Taking into account the scope that you have to raise local   council tax, this means a flat real   settlement for policing as a   whole.’ This is very important because it means  that any policing area   which decides to freeze the local policing precept   will in reality   have its funding cut. And that ‘You should plan on the basis that the overall referendum limit for police precept will be maintained at 2% over the Spending review period for Police and Crime Commissioners in England.’

The current financial plans of the organisation for 2016/17 included a planning assumption of an increase in precept of 1.99%. This would provide just over £0.6m of recurring funding to spend on Policing and Crime above the option of a precept freeze.

Additional context arising from the Commissioner’s consultation and engagement programme, including   consultation on the precept, will be available for discussion with the Panel.



13 – 2016

Wide Area Network (WAN) and     Firewall Investments

Attached are 2 business cases from IT detailing the need to invest in 2 areas of the IT infrastructure within the organisation.

The first business case is requesting £70k to upgrade the Core IT links (WAN) between HQ and the Middlesbrough HQ which are the 2 main sites within the organisation for IT infrastructure. This investment was always anticipated however due to the upgrades taking place around telecommunications, which will reduce the   revenue costs from £250k to £70k, the advice from ICT is that it would be   more effective to carry this out during the current upgrade rather than afterwards, hence the urgency and the in-year bid

The second business case is requesting funds for a Firewall to ensure that the service that provides the routing of telephone calls from a client’s private branch exchange telephone system to the public switched telephone network is at the required security level for a Police service.



14 – 2016

Additional Digital Storage

The Force digital storage requirement is growing at a rate of 50TB per annum   largely as a result  of Body worn Video, ANPR data and CCTV footage.

At the current rate additional storage capacity will be required by the first quarter of 2016/17. As the procurement process will take up to two months there is a degree of urgency around providing a tactical solution pending agreement of a longer term   strategy.

The longer term strategy will include:

•Procedures to minimise the ongoing requirements for storage

•Solutions, such as cloud based options, that minimise the cost of storage

This forms part of the ongoing Capacity Management Plan and will be monitored by  ICT Teams and reported in through the monthly MPR meetings.


15 – 2016

Determination of Payment   Arrangements for Acting Chief Constable

The PCC approved on Decision Record Form 96-2015 the legal arrangements for an Acting Chief Constable in the light of the retirement of Chief Constable Cheer, with Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal assuming the role of ‘Acting Chief Constable’ within the meaning of s41 Police Reform & Social Responsibility Act 2011 [1].  

These arrangements were due to commence at 00:01 on 7 January 2016 for so long as the vacancy subsists. However CC Cheer’s leave arrangements mean that in practice there is an additional period of legal absence commencing 00:01 on 26 December 2015 and running continuously from then on.

As a result of the Acting arrangements, the PCC also needs to approve the payment arrangements which will apply to Mr Spittal during this period. In the current circumstance Mr Spittal will be acting up to the full duties of the Chief Constable with effect from the 26th December 2015 until the vacancy is filled.

Regulation 27 of the Police Regulations 2003 empower the Home Secretary to make Determinations on Temporary Salary. The relevant part of this determination is Annex I which states:

After 28 consecutive days of being required to perform the duties normally performed by a member of the force of a higher rank than his own, an officer of a substantive rank of or above assistant chief constable will be paid at a rate equivalent to 90% of the higher rank’s basic pay or receive an honorarium of an amount determined by the police authority (now PCC).

The Chief Constable vacancy will not be filled prior to the Police and Crime Commissioner election in May 2016 and therefore will be in excess of 28 days.

In terms of payment, it is the individual officers’ choice to elect whether to be paid by way of honorarium at a rate equivalent to 90% of the higher rank’s basic pay. Mr Spittal has elected to take the payment as an honorarium.

The ‘Basic’ pay for the role of the Chief Constable of Cleveland Police is £137,133 in comparison to the role of Deputy Chief Constable within Cleveland Police of £113,109.

The honorarium can accordingly be for a value of up to £24,024 per annum, which would then be paid pro-rata until the vacancy is filled.

Given the above, the honorarium would start 28 days after the period of acting began, which in this case is the 23rd January and will continue until the vacancy is filled post the PCC elections in May 2016.





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