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Decisions of the PCC - April 2019

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 - April 2019
Decision Reference Number Decision Title Decision Summary Date Authorised 
Preferred Candidate for Chief
Constable of Cleveland Police

The PCC has today (27 March 2019) completed the process for selecting his preferred candidate for appointment as Chief Constable of Cleveland Police.
The PCC has selected Richard Lewis.

In accordance with the law, the PCC will be asking the Police & Crime Panel to consider and report to him about the proposed appointment of Mr Lewis, at a hearing on 9 April 2019.
The Commissioner’s reasons for this decision are set out in his report to the Panel which is appended to this Decision Record Form. 

Funding - Street Leage

Street League delivers a combined sports and employability programme helping disadvantaged young people to achieve sustained employment outcomes. They achieve this through a multi-sports and employability ‘Academy’ programme that helps young, unemployed people aged 16-24 progress into work, education or training.

Street League has requested funding towards their Academy programme in Middlesbrough for two years (December 2018–December 2020) where they will engage with 176 unemployed young people aged 16-24 and aim to progress 112 into an employment outcome. The programme will run from 10am-2pm, Tuesday to Friday at The Pallister Park Centre in Middlesbrough. The Academy consists of a Coach who delivers the sport aspects of the Academy, the Progressions Coordinator who delivers the employability curriculum and an Outreach and Aftercare Coordinator who provides aftercare support to the young people and their employers.

The young people will take part in sport activities as well as undertaking employability support which will be provided, including, focusing on CV design, job searching and interview techniques with mock interviews with corporate supporters. Street League provide young people with appropriate sports kit/smart clothing and travel costs so that they can engage in all activities. 

The PCC has awarded £15,000 from the Community Safety Initiative Fund for 1 year (December 2018-December 2019) with the option to extend for a further 12 months (December 2019 - December 2020) subject to performance outcomes. The funding will cover the venue hire, qualifications (e.g. first aid and sports coaching) and participants kits and travel. Street League have also secured funding from other trusts and foundations.

The sport and employability programme supports the PCC's objective of Securing the Future of our Communities.

 2018 - 140406  Fuel Card

In 2014, the PCC for Cleveland entered into a contract with Allstar for the supply of fuel cards following a further competition on behalf of all Police Forces via the Crown Commercial Services (CCS) framework.

The fuel card contract provides fuel cards for all operational and non-operational vehicles across the Cleveland Fleet. This service also offers jet washing facilities.

The CCS framework expired in 2018 and CCS awarded a new framework agreement in line with Public Procurement regulations which is available to all Public Sector Organisations.

As of the 28th February 2019 Cleveland Police’s existing Fuel Card contract was due to expire.

Due to the time it would take to run a further competition following the award of the new CCS framework, the incumbent supplier agreed to extend the service provision to all UK Police Forces under the existing contract until a further competition on behalf of all Police Forces had been carried out.

Sussex Police agreed to run the further competition on behalf of all Police Forces. This work commenced in 2018.

Sussex Police advised on 18th March 2019 that they had completed the further competition on the CCS framework and the contract had been awarded to Allstar.

Throughout the mini-competition the suppliers were asked to look at pricing and terms and conditions to see where changes should be made. It was agreed with the winning supplier that the following terms would be agreed moving into the new contract:

  • 0.4 pence per litre on all non-discount diesel transactions
  • Discount diesel supplied with a pump minus a further 2.0 pence per litre
  • Monthly card charges would be 90p reduced from £1
  • Transaction fee’s removed
  • Service is future proofed for the use of Electric vehicles
  • Alternative fuels such as hydrogen are available.     
  • Should the demand for unleaded increase to the point where Allstar buy their own reserves, the savings will be passed back to the Emergency Services.

The successful supplier will look to commence immediately from approval of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

2018-142567 Appointment of Chief Constable of Cleveland Police

Pursuant to the approval of the Police and Crime Panel at the confirmation hearing held on 9 April 2019, I appoint Richard Lewis as Chief Constable of Cleveland Police. The appointment will take legal effect at 00:01 on 29 April 2019.

The Panel's statutory report to me is attached at Appendix A.

My statutory response to the Panel is attached as Appendix B.

The terms and conditions to be agreed with Mr Lewis are attached as Appendix C. 

2018-00144812 Mutual Aid 

The Force has supported a nuber of Mututal Aid deployments between April 2018 - March 209 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.

The Force has incurred expenditure, that was not provided for when settling with 2018-19 budget in providing Mutial Aid, of £162,311.43. The total amount to be reimbursed to Cleveland for providing these servies is £220,344.14, which takes into account the fulls costs in line with national charging agreements, of the services provided.

The Force are therefore requesting the release of £162,400, from the income to be received 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 £162,400 which will in turn ensure that the provisioion of Mutal Aid has not reduced the funding available to the Chief Constable for Policing within Cleveland.

2019-144803 Transforming Cleveland Police Change Programme - Mobile Police Application

 The vision for Cleveland Police is to be an outstanding and value led organisation in which staff have pride and our communities have confidence. To deliver this vision the Force has launched the Transforming Cleveland Police change programme with an underpinning design principle to make the best use of mobile and digital technology to facilitate agile working.  The Force and OPCC have agreed a new Digital Policing Strategy with the core objective of investing in our officers and staff to ensure that they have the right resources and technology, with a commitment to increase mobile technology and efficiency by enabling users to access information quickly, whenever and wherever they need it, eliminate unnecessary paperwork, reduce bureaucracy and make it easier to interact with one another.

In order to support the Digital Policing Strategy and enable officers and staff to be mobile, a mobile policing application is required to work on smart phones and enable Officers and staff to enter data into key force information systems.

Utilising the CCS G-Cloud 10 Framework, initial short-listing was completed with bidders invited to submit a response to the specific requirements of the organisation. The evaluation criterion was 30% price, 50% quality and 20% product demonstration.

Five (5) responses were received and the evaluation team scored price and quality and operational officers were invited to score product demonstration.

Overall scores as follows:

B1- 65.90%
B2 – 66.07%
B3 – 63.93%
B4 – 69.44%
B5 – 85%

Bidder 5 scored high on specification and was the cheapest solution.  This decision has been submitted due to the public interest factor and not based on value.

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