Barry Coppinger is gearing up for a second year in office as he marks his first anniversary as Cleveland’s Police & Crime Commissioner on 22nd November.
In what he says has been ‘a year of significant change’, Mr. Coppinger has hit the ground running over the past twelve months, listening to the views of Teesside residents at around 100 community meetings across all 82 ward areas in the ‘Your Force, Your Voice’ campaign.
Other highlights include;
- The launch of a Teesside Victims’ Planning Group to further support victims of crime and advise on services that should be funded in order to help victims.
- Promote consistency in service delivery across all Youth Offending Teams
- Hosting a series of seminars to discuss issues around antisocial behaviour, retail crime and hate crime.
- Allocating £29,240 to community projects in Cleveland using the proceeds of unclaimed or unidentified property that has been auctioned. 29 projects have been funded so far.
- Establishment of a Youth Forum to hear the views of young people and promote the positive work of youngsters from the area.
- Hosting the Rural Crime Conference and launching a FarmWatch initiative across Teesside.
This positive action has been led by the PCC against a backdrop of challenging cuts to services and turbulent times in the national policing environment. While budget constraints are set to continue, Mr. Coppinger has ensured that robust financial planning arrangements are in place and neighbourhood policing is at the heart of the new leaner structure.
He said: “I have lived and breathed this role for the last twelve months and a great deal of positive work has come out of that – victims are better supported, awareness has been raised about a number of community issues, and links have been strengthened between agencies.
“From the start it was important for me that people could see me out and about in their local area, so I have done just that and gone directly to local residents and their meetings to hear what they have to say. I’m encouraged that people are positive about Cleveland Police and they do understand the pressures that the service is under.
“Ultimately I’m accountable to the public and will stand up for what is right for residents across Cleveland, we are in a challenging environment and difficult decisions have to be made – but Teesside is at the heart of what I do. Whether it be lobbying the Government, flying the flag for the area or holding the Chief Constable to account.
“I look forward to working further alongside the public, the Force and partners in my second year in office and achieving the objectives set out in my Police and Crime Plan.”
The PCC will be shadowed by two young people on Friday 22nd November as part of the national ’11 Million Takeover Day’.
Click here to read the First Year Report of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cleveland (PDF, 419kB)
Posted on Wednesday 20th November 2013