Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer with Cleveland PCC Barry Coppinger
Cleveland Police has a new permanent Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger says it means the force is now ready ‘to move ahead at full speed in delivering the priorities which meet the needs and concerns of our local communities’.
The Commissioner was speaking following the unanimous confirmation by the area’s Police and Crime Panel of the appointment of Jacqui Cheer, who has led the force as Temporary Chief Constable since October 2011.
Police and Crime Panel Chairman, Councillor Norma Stephenson, said that she and her colleagues on the Panel recognised Mrs Cheer as ‘an outstanding candidate’ who had already proved herself by leading the Force through a very challenging period—and bringing down crime and anti-social behaviour.
Mrs Cheer spent 22 years working with Essex Police and the Home Office Reform Unit before joining the Suffolk Force as Assistant Chief Constable in 2006, leading the major investigation into the murders of five women in the Ipswich area. She was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable of Suffolk in November the following year and was subsequently seconded to Cleveland. She serves as the lead on Children and Young People for the Association of Chief Police Officers.
Said Mr Coppinger “This really does mark an important step forward in putting the Force on the firm footing we need to move forward. Mrs Cheer understands that, as far as I am concerned her key task has to be continuing to drive down crime, she is committed to integrity and professional standards… and fully supports my top priority of retaining and developing Neighbourhood Policing as the bedrock of our service to the public.
“We have the advantage of someone who already knows the force and the area and has a proven track record…under her leadership crime in Cleveland last year was the lowest on record.”
Added Councillor Stephenson “Considering the Commissioner’s recommendation for the appointment of a Chief Constable is one of the Panel’s most important responsibilities and we have taken the task seriously. I have worked with Jacqui Cheer previously and have tremendous respect for the way in which she has approached the challenge in Cleveland since taking on her temporary post.
“We fully support the Commissioner’s view that this is the right decision for the force and for the people it serves.”
Said Mrs Cheer “I am delighted that my appointment has been confirmed by the Panel and I am proud to lead Cleveland Police into the future. There is no doubt that we have been through some tough times during the last year or so, and I am grateful to all our officers, staff, police partner staff and our external partners for all their support. I know that we have some real challenges ahead with the ongoing financial pressures and our change programme, but I am confident that we will continue to deliver an excellent policing service to the communities in Cleveland.”
Posted on Wednesday 6th February 2013