Barry Coppinger with Councillor Brenda Thompson (left) and Lesley McGloin, Chair of Nunthorpe Community Council (right)
Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger is delivering on his commitment to responding to people’s views and concerns, by engaging with residents at what was his 200th community meeting.
Mr Coppinger pledged to carry out the biggest public engagement exercise in the history of Cleveland Police and spends much of his own spare time meeting with local people on evenings and weekends, addressing issues and talking about the work of police and on wider community safety issues.
Last night, the Commissioner spoke with residents in Nunthorpe at his 200th community meeting and will continue to attend forums and meeting places throughout his tenure. Issues raised at community meetings are followed up with the police or other agencies where appropriate.
He said: "I’ve given my commitment to the people of Cleveland; this isn’t a nine-to-five job and I’m not paying lip-service to seeking people’s views.
"When I was elected I pledged to be in communities and that my priorities would be driven by residents’ concerns. I wasn’t going to sit in an office and wait for people to come to me, so I took a decision to put on my coat and go and speak to people on the streets and community venues where they meet, across the 82 wards in Cleveland, regardless of whether it’s an evening or weekend.
"I’ve spent many hours over 200 meetings engaging with people as part of this campaign and have visited every community across Cleveland, it’s definitely a service that people deserve from their Police and Crime Commissioner and I’m happy to continue."
Nunthorpe Councillor Brenda Thompson said: "It’s very important that we work together to make a difference in Nunthorpe and across Cleveland and it’s really encouraging that we have a PCC who is approachable and active in local communities. Our meeting heard from the Commissioner about the work he is doing and residents took the opportunity to raise a number of questions and concerns"
Anyone interested in speaking with the Commissioner can attend one of the Your Force, Your Voice meetings, details of the meetings can be found by clicking here
Posted on Wednesday 17th September 2014