Evolve Programme – a three-way collaboration with Cleveland Police, North Yorkshire Police and Durham Constabulary.
Cleveland Police has today announced (17 March 2015) the start of the Evolve Programme – a three-way collaboration with North Yorkshire Police and Durham Constabulary.
Through the programme, each of the police forces will be exploring ways to work together across organisational boundaries, in order to increase operational resilience, improve services for communities and achieve financial savings.
In the first phase of the programme, the forces will focus on integrating services in the areas of major crime, response to civil emergencies and disaster victim identification.
Subsequent phases of Evolve will look at increasing collaboration across other specialist areas of the service. Local policing will not be included in the programme, and local police will continue to be embedded at the heart of their local communities.
Whilst the main focus of Evolve will be on service improvement, all three police forces will be seeking to reduce operational costs through the programme, as part of broader plans to meet the financial challenges facing all police services. In the first year, Cleveland Police is aiming to save up to £500,000, with further savings possible as the programme develops.
Commenting on the Evolve collaboration,Cleveland Police Acting Chief Constable, Iain Spittal, said "My commitment is keeping our communities safe from serious threat, risk and harm, to reduce the number of victims of crime, and keep local policing at the cornerstone of the service we provide in Cleveland. The Evolve Programme will allow us to do this into the future as it is a common sense approach to policing in 2015 and beyond.
"The appetite from the three Chief Constables and PCCs is such that we have hit the ground running, it’s an exciting and innovative piece of work, but there is still a great deal of work to do. I’m confident that by working alongside North Yorkshire Police and Durham Constabulary, we will enhance the service to the people of Cleveland."
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said "I’m very proud of how Cleveland has been at the forefront of collaboration for some time, as it is a key priority within my Police and Crime Plan. In my regular meetings with residents, they tell me that they value local policing – and that will remain – however with Evolve, it is right and makes absolute sense in these difficult and changing times to share some resources with our neighbouring forces.
"We have been rated as outstanding by HMIC for our financial plan and this programme allows us to go one step further so that we remain an efficient and effective police force. Julia, Ron and I have ensured that we are kept regularly updated with the progress of Evolve and I look forward to this progress being made."
Posted on Tuesday 17th March 2015