(Left to Right) North Yorkshire Chief Constable Dave Jones, Cleveland PCC Barry Coppinger, Durham PCC Ron Hogg, North Yorkshire PCC Julia Mulligan, Acting Chief Constable Iain Spittal and Durham Chief Constable Mike Barton
"Evolve", the strategic partnership between Cleveland Police, Durham Constabulary and North Yorkshire Police, has taken an important step forward, as Barry Coppinger, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, and Iain Spittal Deputy Chief Constable for Cleveland Police, signed the formal collaboration agreement.
The three Police and Crime Commissioners, and the Chief Constables of all three forces, completed the formal signing at a meeting last week, hosted by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger.
The Evolve Programme will see the three forces work closely together to improve strategic services and reduce operational costs.
A number of projects are already underway to explore potential collaborative areas. Building on this, Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables expect to take a decision this summer on innovative proposals to bring together major crime teams, which investigate offences such as murder, serious violence and other specialist investigations.
Commenting on the signing of the Evolve agreement, Barry Coppinger, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, said: "I am delighted to sign up to the Evolve agreement, and I am looking forward to driving the programme forward for the benefit of our communities here in Cleveland.
"By signing a wide-ranging collaboration agreement, we will look to work together in a way which saves taxpayers’ money and protects the identity of our individual forces as they continue to deliver the local policing which matters so much to our communities"
Chief Constable of Cleveland Police Jacqui Cheer added: "The Evolve programme formalises the work the forces have been doing and intend to do to ensure that our organisational boundaries do not get in the way of providing high quality policing to local communities.
"Working collaboratively to provide an effective and efficient response in the higher risk and higher cost areas of policing such as armed policing and complex criminal investigations will ensure that we will be able to retain the resources we need to deliver our commitment to local policing.
"Working in and with local communities is at the heart of what we do and we will continue to seek every opportunity to shape our organisation so that we continue to do so."
Posted on Friday 1st May 2015