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Frequently Asked Questions

Sixth-Form-CollegeThe Commissioner attends community meetings across all 82 ward areas of Cleveland as part of the Your Force Your Voice initiative.

Below are some of the most commonly asked questions at meetings and the responses that have been given.

If you would like to invite the Commissioner to attend a meeting in your area then please contact Sarah Wilson on 01642 301446 or email sarah.wilson@cleveland.pnn.police.uk

You can also see what meetings the PCC will attend in future weeks by looking at the Events page.



Operation Sacristy

Who is bearing the costs of Operation Sacristy?
The entire costs of the investigation known as Operation Sacristy are being paid by the Home Office.

How can the public have confidence in Cleveland Police given the activities being investigated through Operation Sacristy?
The operation only involved a small number of senior police officers and frontline officers continue to provide a dedicated and professional service to the public of Cleveland. A new Chief Constable has been appointed, who is the national lead for integrity issues, and new procedures have been put in place to ensure transparency. The Chief Constable will publish details of suspensions and discipline matters on the Force website and the PCC publishes his diary, expenses and decisions.


Appointment of Chief Constable

Relating to press coverage regarding the ex Chief Constable's salary and benefits, can you confirm the amount the current Chief Constable receives?
The current Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer receives £140K.

Who was involved in the interview for the Chief Constable post?
Together with the Commissioner there was a Local Authority Chief Executive, a retired Chief Constable and a HR advisor.


Neighbourhood Policing

There is now a commitment that neighbourhood officers will remain in post for at least two years. This may not be long enough to build community relationships.
Although police officers may move on to different departments after two years, PCSOs are dedicated neighbourhood resources and generally remain in post far longer than two years.

With the current Force restructure, will Police Community Support Officers remain aligned to wards?
The Commissioner has pledged to retain and develop Neighbourhood Policing as one of his key priorities. The Force restructure places Neighbourhood Policing at the heart of local policing and will provide additional resources such as investigative teams aligned to neighbourhoods.

Will neighbourhood policing resources be used for non neighbourhood work?
Through the Force restructure we are looking to utilise additional resources to support the neighbourhood teams which will allow them to concentrate on their neighbourhood duties.



How can the Commissioner reach members of the community who do not use computers?
When the elections took place in November 2013 there was little public awareness of the Police and Crime Commissioner role. The Commissioner is trying to raise awareness by visiting each ward across Cleveland to meet the community and also having meetings with partnership agencies and organisations within the voluntary, private and public sector. He will also aim to highlight his role and priorities through the use of the media.

Why is 101 not a free call like 999?
101 is a national initiative designed to ensure that wherever you are in the country there is a single recognisable number that you can use to contact the police for non emergency situations. Non emergency calls were not previously free of charge, they were charged at local rates. You can still contact the Cleveland Police control room for non emergency incidents by ringing 01642 326326 at a local rate. Calls to 101 cost a standard 15p no matter what the duration of the call is, and whether you are ringing from a landline or mobile.


Special Constables

What is the age limit for Special Constables and what powers do they have?
Special Constables must be at least 18 years of age. There is no upper age limit, but applicants are required to complete a fitness test. Special Constables have the same responsibilities and powers as regular officers and they must follow the same rules of conduct and have the same professional standards and disciplinary procedures. For more information visit www.cleveland.police.uk/careers/Special-Constable-Roles.aspx



How can we justify cuts to the front line?
Between 2010 and 2016 the Cleveland Police budget has been cut by 26%. Savings have been made in all areas, including senior and middle management, and back office restructures, but we are now in the unfortunate position of having to ask for voluntary redundancies in police staff, including PCSOs. The maximum efforts are being made to protect the front line, but losing over a quarter of the budget has led to some difficult decisions.

Why are the police considering moving their headquarters from Ladgate Lane?
The Ladgate Lane building is no longer fit for purpose – it is too large, expensive to maintain and not energy efficient. By selling the land the proceeds of the sale can be used to build a new more cost effective building or to co locate with partners in a more cost effective way.

What is the package for higher ranking officers when they are made redundant?
Police officers cannot be made redundant, but they can be required to retire after 30 years service.  Pensions are in line with national policy, there are no additional ‘packages’ for those leaving the police force.


How would you feel about merging with other Police Forces i.e. having a North East Police Force?
It is not in the interests of Cleveland or the local economy for a North East Force, although potential collaboration opportunities will be looked at.         


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