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Decisions of the PCC - October 2017

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.

Decisions of the PCC - October 2017
Decision Ref No Decision Title Decision Summary Date Authorised 
2017-48406 Funding for MFC
Kicks 2017/18

Middlesbrough Football Club (MFC) Foundation launched Kicks in 2006 which is a national initiative funded by the Premier League that uses football and the brand of a professional football club to engage 8 to 18 year olds in deprived areas. The PCC has previously awarded funding towards the Programme.

MFC Foundation have requested funding to continue the delivery of the Kicks Programme in Middlesbrough, whilst also expanding the delivery of the Programme into Stockton and Redcar and Cleveland.

Many of the young people who attend are at risk of offending, or are known offenders. The benefits of the deliverables hope to include a reduction in youth crime and antisocial behaviour in the targeted areas, and an increase in community cohesion.

The Kicks Programme supports the PCC's priorities of Tackling Re-offending, Working together to make Cleveland Safer and Securing the Future of our Communities.

2017-48416 Mutual Aid 2017/18

Cleveland Police has supported a number of Mutual Aid deployments between Apr 2017 - July 2017 which were not part of the budget set at the start of the year. In line with national guidelines the provision of Mutual Aid is charged to the Force to whom the Mutual Aid is being provided.

Cleveland Police has incurred expenditure that was not provided for when setting the 2017/18 budget in providing Mutual Aid, of £45,236.16. The total amount to be reimbursed to Cleveland for providing these services is £55,722.62, which takes into account the full costs, in line with national charging agreements, of the services provided.

The Mutual Aid deployments have been as follows:

  • Sporting Event - Grimsby v Doncaster -      Humberside Police (£4,937.57)
  • Sporting Event - Scunthorpe v Milwall -      Humberside Police (£19,237.02)
  • Operational Support - Operation      Newtown/Parklife - Greater Manchester Police (£9,253.29)
  • Protest/March - Operation Boxford -      Greater Manchester Police (£4,627.35)
  • Operational Support - Operation Custodian      - Greater Manchester Police (£6,391.59)
  • Sporting Event - Sheffield Wednesday v      Glasgow Rangers - South Yorkshire Police (£11,275.80)

Cleveland Police are therefore requesting the release of £45,250, from the income to be recevied by the PCC, to pay for the additional costs that they have incurred in providing this Mutual Aid. This will result in an increase in the budget available to the Chief Constable of £45,250 which will in turn ensure that the provision of Mutual Aid has not reduced the funding available to the Chief Constable for Policing within Cleveland.

The 'over-recovery' of income of £10,472.62 will lead to an underspend during 2017/18 and will be made available to support future financial plans. 

This supports the PCC’s priority of Investing in our Policing.

2017-48603 CPC-0001610 – Accident
Repair Service Framework for Emergency Service Vehicles

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria acting as lead invited Durham and Cleveland Police and North East Ambulance Service to participate in the contract for the provision of Accident Repair Service for a four year period commencing 1st August 2017. (Cleveland Police 3rd October 2017)

The tender was divided into lots per location – lot details below, in order to give localised suppliers in each organisation area the opportunity to bid for business and an optional combined lot for all organisations.

Lot 1 - Northumbria Police, Northumberland Fire & Rescue & Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue.

Lot 2 – Durham Constabulary & Durham Fire & Rescue.

Lot 3 – Cleveland Police & Cleveland Fire & Rescue.

Lot 4 – North East Ambulance Service.

Lot 5 - Entire North East Region covering all participating organisations.

For the purpose of Lot 5, this lot would only be considered if there was a significant benefit to all the participating organisations compared to the benefits of the separate lots. For the purpose of this Framework a significant benefit shall be defined as:-

“An advantage which all or the majority of organisations can benefit from, such as more advantageous levels of service and or additional savings generated in comparison to the award of individual lots”. 

The final outcome of the evaluation is shown in the table below: 


Accreditation (Industry Standard) 

Security of Premises

Recovery Fleet Capacity


 Price Score

Total (%)

Bidder 1








Bidder 2



Fail – would   have to use subcontractors





Bidder 3



Fail – would   have to use subcontractors





Bidder 4



Fail – would   have to use subcontractors





Tenders have been assessed by an evaluation panel consisting of fleet and procurement representatives from Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland Police Forces and the North East Ambulance Services on the basis of 40% price (labour costs) and 60% quality.

The quality weighting covered the methodology for undertaking the full end to end service, timescales for repair and proposals for minimising the down time of accident damaged vehicles and staff training & development.

In addition the Quality assessment covered a number of pass/fail requirements. These included security of premises, the capacity of the contractors recovery fleet and the requirement to be PAS (the industry standard) accredited for damage repair and recovery/breakdowns.

Following the evaluation process Bidder 1 was the only organisation that could demonstrate that they could meet all of the participating organisation’s requirements and was awarded the contract under Lot 5. The evaluation has been conducted in a fair, comprehensive, thorough and transparent process.

2017-51160 (i) Retirement of Chief Constable Iain Spittal
(ii) Office-holding arrangements

Chief Constable Iain Spittal has given notice of his intention to retire from the police service and requested  the Police & Crime Commissioner’s approval to serve a period of notice such that Mr Spittal’s last day of service is 31 December 2017.

The Police & Crime Commissioner with effect from 10 October 2017 approves this request and consents for all purposes to the Chief Constable’s retirement on 31 December 2017. Taking account of annual leave entitlements, Chief Constable Spittal will be absent with effect from 16 December 2017.

The Police & Crime Commissioner is publishing separate communications but formally records in this Decision Notice his appreciation for Chief Constable Spittal’s police service overall and for his leadership of Cleveland Police throughout his tenure. 

By virtue of s41 Police Reform & Social Responsibility Act 2011, the role of Acting Chief Constable is adopted by the Deputy Chief Constable in the event of either an absence from or a vacancy in the substantive office of Chief Constable.  In line with precedent the Police & Crime Commissioner is invited to determine that:

• With the approval of the Police & Crime Commissioner and by operation of law, during the absence and any subsequent period of vacancy in the office of Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable Simon Nickless will assume the role of Acting Chief Constable.

• These arrangements will commence at 00:01 on 16 December 2017 for so long as either the absence or any period of vacancy subsists.

The Police & Crime Commissioner further records in this Decision Notice that on 15 October 2017 the Chief Constable has consulted with him in relation to the designation of an Assistant Chief Constable under s41(6) and that the Chief Constable has designated Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts. This means that Assistant Chief Constable Roberts will by operation of law exercise the functions of Chief Constable during any period when the Deputy Chief Constable is unable to do so.

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