Exercising my responsibility as the elected individual with responsibility for the totality of policing in Cleveland, I have decided to issue an overarching, supportive strategic direction following on from the Chief Constable’s appointment on 29 April 2019, in particular in the light of:
- My wish to acknowledge the high quality leadership of Chief Constable Richard Lewis during his initial 60 days in office as Chief Constable of Cleveland Police; and
- A joint understanding of the need for refreshed, clear priorities to be set for Cleveland Police, arising from the strategic assessment of threat and risk which underpins how best to keep Cleveland’s communities safe; and
- Our initial joint understanding of the corporate health of the Force and its fitness for the future in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and standards.
- The forthcoming appointment of the Deputy & Assistant Chief Constables for Cleveland Police – and the opportunity that provides for the setting of a clear vision and priorities for the Force.
My Police & Crime Plan sets out the overall strategic plan for policing and crime; and the expectations I have of the pivotal part that Cleveland Police (working locally, regionally and nationally in partnership) play in the delivery of those policing and crime objectives. Those objectives have been consistent throughout my current term and remain
- Investing in Our Police
- A Better Deal for Victims & Witnesses
- Tackling Offending & Reoffending
- Working Together to Make Cleveland Safer
- Securing the Future of Our Communities
In the delivery of those objectives and in line with the law and best practice, I respect the operational independence of policing. I know from our initial 60 days of working together that we will work together to deliver our responsibilities for strategic decision-making, coupled with scrutiny which allows me to work alongside the Chief Constable to hold Cleveland Police to account for being the very best that it can be.
We know that the officers, staff and volunteers of Cleveland Police come to work every day to deliver the very best for all of the communities of Cleveland. We will wish to pay tribute, now and at every opportunity, to their dedication hard work and commitment.
At the same time it is important that we recognise that to permit them to do so, Cleveland Police must be an organisation which
- Understands police demand;
- Plans ahead to ensure that resources and skills are in place and deployed efficiently to respond to that demand now and in the future;
- Sets clear priorities, ensuring that the Force
- Acts both to prevent and to investigate incidents and crime effectively;
- Understands the individual needs of and provides support for all victims;
- Understands and addresses vulnerability;
- Understands and engages with its communities
- Treats people fairly, ethically and lawfully.
- Has effective tactical and strategic working relationships with partners
Much progress has been achieved over recent years – not least, the programmes of standards reform, organisational development and approaches to equality diversity and human rights that flowed from my previous Strategic Direction of December 2015[i].
However, we know that there is considerable room for improvement across the board, we have to make best use of what we have despite the challenge of unfair overall funding. There may be many reasons for that – including but not limited to change in strategic leadership, the changing nature of policing, resources and the impact on capacity and morale which result from those and other factors.
One thing can be said for certain: the public and our officers, staff and volunteers deserve the clearest of vision and commitment.
I appointed Richard Lewis as Chief Constable in the light of the very clear vision, drive, passion and commitment that he demonstrated to me.
With those matters in mind, in consultation with the Chief Constable I now set a strategic direction as follows.