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New Police Commissioner in Hartlepool Spotlight


Hartlepool Historic Quay

Hartlepool Councillors and local residents will get a chance on Friday 15 February to quiz Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner about how he intends to tackle crime and disorder in the town.

Barry Coppinger, who was elected as Cleveland’s first Police and Crime Commissioner last November, will attend Hartlepool Council’s Scrutiny Co-ordinating Committee meeting to be held in the Civic Centre, starting at 2pm.

Mr Coppinger, who has already publicly stated that cutting crime and disorder will be his key focus, will give a short presentation before answering a series of questions from councillors.

These include:

  • Will funding be allocated to tackle drugs and alcohol related issues in Hartlepool?
  • Is the Police and Crime Commissioner aware of any plans to merge Hartlepool and Stockton districts?
  • How does the Police and Crime Commissioner intend to bridge the funding gap as a result of cuts to the main policing grant?

Scrutiny committee councillors and members of the public attending the meeting will then have the opportunity to put further questions to the Commissioner.

Councillor Marjorie James, chair of the Scrutiny Coordinating Committee, said: “Everyone is looking forward to listening to what the Commissioner has to say, in particular how he intends to deliver efficient and effective police services across Hartlepool.

“The meeting represents the beginning of what will hopefully be regular dialogue between the Commissioner and the Council to ensure that we get the best possible police services for our town.

“Local people are welcome to the meeting and they will have the chance to put questions to the Commissioner.”

Said Barry Coppinger “Since taking office I have held a number of meetings in Hartlepool, talking with local officers, other agencies and the public and I have been very impressed with the commitment of everyone to work with the force in tackling the issues which affect the local community.

“I am delighted to have this further opportunity to respond to questions raised by members of the committee and the public…and to explain both my priorities and very significant challenges in safeguarding front-line policing in the face of severe financial pressures.”

For further information about the meeting, contact Hartlepool Council on 01429 524142.


Posted on Tuesday 12th February 2013
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