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Wanted – A Champion for Communities


A "champion" for communities is being advertised - with a visionary volunteer wanted to lead and represent communities across Teesside and work with Cleveland Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner to make our neighbourhoods safer and fairer.

The Cleveland Police Strategic Independent Advisory Group (SIAG) is looking for a new Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson and members of the community who would like to make a difference to policing across Teesside.

Cleveland Police currently works with many local agencies to improve the service it provides to victims of crime and antisocial behaviour, as well as promoting community cohesion.

There is an Independent Advisory Group for each of the previous policing districts (Redcar & Cleveland, Middlesbrough, Stockton and Hartlepool).  These four groups and the SIAG give members of the public the opportunity to be part of Cleveland Police’s work and to understand, as well as challenge the work of the force and its partners.

The new Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson will meet with other volunteers, senior police officers and representatives from partner agencies, as well as chairing and actively taking part in Force SIAG meetings.

Cleveland’s Assistant Chief Constable Simon Nickless said: "

The trust and confidence of our communities in the work that we do is vital and for the force to receive critical appraisal of its services and

"The people appointed will have access to key local police leaders and decision makers and will gain a unique appreciation of the resources we have and the challenges the service faces.

"We are looking for people who are willing and able to give constructive criticism to police – and to offer solutions which will help all, including people from different diverse backgrounds and those from so-called marginalized groups.

"This really is a fantastic opportunity to get involved, to help the community as a whole and to gain and pass on new knowledge and skills."

Police and Crimes Commissioner Barry Coppinger added: "Applying to become Chair or Vice Chair of the SIAG offers the right candidate the chance to make a difference.  It is quite right that the force and its partners are scrutinized and challenged - as well as supported and championed.

"These roles offer the right candidate a real opportunity to influence policing strategy, policy and training and I hope we receive many expressions of interest and applications."

The two positions will be widely advertised by Cleveland Police and by organisations (including educational establishments, volunteer agencies, places of faith, and local authorities) across the force area.  Candidates may apply for both positions and vacancies are open until the 29th October.

More information and how to apply can be found on the Vacancies page or the attached link: http://www.cleveland.police.uk/careers/Vacancies.aspx


Posted on Thursday 9th October 2014
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