Cleveland Police response to Covid-19
Chief Constable Richard Lewis is responsible for leading Cleveland Police's response to the Covid-19 crisis, including implementing new powers granted by the Government to penalise those ignoring social distancing measures.
Cleveland Police are posting multiple updates a day in the following places:
PCC Barry Coppinger is receiving regular briefings from Cleveland Police on their response and will be meeting with the Chief Constable on a weekly basis to receive an operational update, to discuss communications, to identify areas where the Chief requires support and to also undertake scrutiny.
As a commissioner and provider of services to the public, the PCC and his Chief Executive maintain a close link with the work of the Local Resilience Forum. The Local Resilience Forum is a multi-agency partnership made up of representatives from local public services, including the emergency services, local authorities, the NHS, the Environment Agency and others.
During the Covid 19 pandemic, the Chief Constable chairs the regional and Cleveland-wide Strategic Command Group, made up of agencies responding to the crisis. Seven days a week, the PCC and Chief Executive receive an immediate briefing from the Chief Constable following each meeting, during which the PCC puts questions and issues to the Chief Constable.
These questions relate to a range of issues, including policing, PCC-funded services, known or potential public concerns and initiatives the PCC and OPCC can lead on, such as public engagement or co-ordinating services for the vulnerable.
Put YOUR questions to Chief Constable Richard Lewis
As the PCC is now unable to undertake face to face consultation and attend community meetings we’d like to continue to be able to gather those concerns from the public and the community and put them to the Force. As part of this process the PCC would like to invite you to ask questions of the Force, this could relate to the COVID-19 response or any other aspect of policing.
Questions should be focussed on the provision of police services, if you have any health related, medical or non-police related questions, please direct these to the NHS on 111.
Questions must be submitted at anytime and can be submitted by email firstname.lastname@example.org or using the Form below:
Due to anticipated demand not all questions submitted will be selected, and where questions are of a similar nature we may compile together and ask as one question.
Please note we cannot accept questions:
- Relating to an ongoing complaint against Cleveland Police
- Relating to a specific ongoing investigation involving yourself
Scrutiny meetings with Cleveland Police
Details about the PCC's meetings with the Chief Constable will be posted here.
Cleveland Independent Custody Visitor Scheme
Police and Crime Commissioners are required to operate an Independent Custody Visiting Scheme, to ensure people in custody are treated with dignity and respect. In this uncertain and unprecedented time, we have made the difficult decision to suspended visits whilst the response to Coronavirus is implemented and the police adapt.
We will be reviewing this at the beginning of April as the situation develops and in the meantime we are considering creative and innovative ways of ensuring independent monitoring and oversight.
The Independent Custody Visiting Association are providing advice and support for schemes to ensure that whilst independent custody visiting schemes and OPCCs have a role in supporting safe, effective custody, that this must be balanced against the principle that monitoring should ‘do no harm’. Furthermore, the work of independent custody visiting schemes should not place a burden on the police that would undermine their ability to respond to the crisis.
Informal work will continue through our strategic contracting arrangements to monitor safeguarding and hygiene measures within police cusotdy as the Covid-19 pandemic progresses. These will be fed back to the PCC as normal.
For the latest updates from the Independent Custody Visiting Association please see https://icva.org.uk/about/ and to read more about our scheme please visit: https://www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk/Take-Part/Independent-Custody-Visiting-Scheme.aspx