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Commissioner Sets out the Targets for New Chief


Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner has implemented one of the key elements of his plan of action with the start of the recruitment process for the appointment of a permanent Chief Constable—and he’s stressed that cutting crime and anti-social behaviour and strengthening Neighbourhood Policing will be the key targets for whoever gets the job.

Commissioner Barry Coppinger says he is looking for someone who can ‘lead by example in words and deed, ensuring that the force is truly in line with the priorities of the public who simply want to feel safe in their homes and when they walk down the street.’

The new Chief Constable will be paid £140,000, within national guidance levels, reflecting, says Commissioner Barry Coppinger, the ‘the reality that there are 17 Chief Constable vacancies across the country, the reality that policing Cleveland is a tough challenge…and the reality that we urgently need a stable senior team.’

He’s also underlined that that the salary will be ‘totally transparent…there will be no hidden bonuses or ‘retention payments’ and the only allowances will be those set out in the regulations.’

The post is being advertised as ‘a unique opportunity for an individual who relishes the challenge offered through the new system of governance, working with the Commissioner in ensuring that the Force reflects the priorities and needs of the local community at the same time as fulfilling the requirement to play a full role in tackling wider issues including organised crime and terrorism.’

It is stressed that the successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a track record of operational and strategic leadership and be able to develop new and innovative approaches to protect front-line services during a period of continuing financial pressures.

Says Barry Coppinger “I am making it crystal clear to would-be candidates that the key tests for our new Chief Constable will be straightforward…reducing crime and anti-social behaviour and strengthening Neighbourhood Policing

“Of course I am aware that currently there are a large number of Chief Constable posts which need to be filled on a permanent basis in different parts of the country, but I believe that leading the Cleveland Force is an opportunity which should appeal to those senior officers who feel they can build on the progress which has been made in recent years, both in terms of tackling crime and increasing public confidence.

“We may be one of the smaller forces in the country, but we offer a wide challenge…one of the most densely populated conurbations with significant economic and social issues, as well as having one of the highest concentrations of hazardous industrial sites.

“I am looking for an individual who will work with me in implementing a vision based on a commitment to make our local communities safer, stronger and with an improved quality of life.”

Posted on Tuesday 11th December 2012
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