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Commissioning of Services



This page sets out how the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) will undertake commissioning to deliver the aims and objectives of its Commissioning Strategy to ultimately deliver the priorities set out in the Police & Crime Plan.

It provides information and guidance of how commissioning will be undertaken across all of the PCC's activities.

By establishing a Commissioning Framework and Commissioning Strategy, it will ensure that the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner will review each service provider to ensure that we know what is the best option.


Overview of Commissioning

The OPCC defines commissioning as: "the identification and assessment of need and the developing of policy direction or selection of the most appropriate delivery mechanism by which to satisfy need in a cost effective way."

The Police and Crime Commissioner has a variety of funding streams available for commissioning and grant giving. Whilst the Police and Crime Commissioner has no separate or ring fenced grant for community safety work, the Commissioner intends to allocate a small portion of the main police grant for community safety grants and/or commissioning.


Commissioning Strategy

This Commissioning Strategy sets out the approach and principles by which the Commissioner will commission services or provide grants across Cleveland to support the delivery of his Police and Crime Plan. 

OPCC Commissioning Strategy 2020/21 - 2021/22 (Adobe PDF, 6.9MB)


Victim Referral Service

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has devolved funding to police and crime commissioners (PCCs) for the commissioning of specific victims’ services.The Police and Crime Commissioners for Cleveland and Durham have made clear their commitment to put victims at the heart of criminal justice processes by establishing Victim Care and Advice Service for victims in Cleveland, County Durham and Darlington. Since its inception in April 2016, over 4000 vulnerable victims have been contacted, with over 1,400 receiving a needs-based assessment and appropriate support. Read more about VCAS here.



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