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PCC Barry Coppinger is briefed in the Command Room
Cleveland’s new Police and Crime Commissioner has been given an early insight into how the public services work together on dealing with an emergency.
Barry Coppinger visited the command centre set up at the Cleveland Police headquarters in Ladgate Lane in Middlesbrough to co-ordinate the response to the flooding problems which have affected the area. He saw for himself how representatives of the police, fire, ambulance, health and local authorities were involved in tackling the rapidly-changing situation and described it as ‘a textbook example of how co-operation is the key to protecting the public.’
Said the Commissioner “Having previously chaired the Cleveland Joint Emergency Planning Committee I knew how carefully all the agencies prepared for just this kind of situation, but it was impressive to see the plans swing into action so effectively.
“What this kind of emergency demonstrates is the importance of planning and preparation. Having seen that partnership which is so vital when dealing with a situation such as flooding, I am confident we can build on the existing relationships to meet one of my key responsibilities… encouraging agencies to work together in the interests of efficiency, cost-effectiveness…and above all the best possible protection for the public.”