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PCC Delivers on Pledge to 'Hit the Ground Running'


PCC Barry Coppinger in Stockton High Street

Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner has demonstrated that he has delivered on his pledge to ‘hit the ground running’ made when he took office just over two months ago.

In his first 41 working days Barry Coppinger attended over 140 meetings…many of them with local communities and agencies involved in working with the police on tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.

In a report to the area’s Police and Crime Panel the Commissioner reveals he has met with organisations as varied as community safety partnerships, the local Criminal Justice Board, local councils, and organisations involved in working with young people, supporting victims and witnesses, tackling honour-based violence and representing people with disabilities.

Says Mr Coppinger “Throughout the election campaign and from day one of taking up the job I made clear my determination to listen to the views of all sections of the community and ensure that their views and concerns are reflected in the priorities for Cleveland Police.

“That is why one of my first actions was to announce the ‘Your Force, Your Voice’ initiative, the biggest-ever consultation exercise taken in the history of Cleveland Police, involving me getting out and meeting with the public in every one of the Force’s Neighbourhood Policing team areas.

“I’m pleased to say that the programme is well underway and I have been very pleased with the response from members of the public—both in terms of their willingness to come forward with their concerns and ideas on how we can improve the service…and the widely-held appreciation for work undertaken by our neighbourhood teams.

“I also want to work with and involve as many interests as possible in examining how we can work together as effectively as possible—making the best use of resources means providing the best service to the public.”

Click here for more Information on the PCC’s ‘Your Force, Your Voice’ programme.

Posted on Friday 1st February 2013
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