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Cleveland PCC Announces Recommendation for Permanent Chief Constable

PCC Barry Coppinger and Spittal with NPT officers

PCC Barry Coppinger with Temporary Chief Constable Iain Spittal and Neighbourhood Officers.

Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger is recommending that the current Temporary Chief Constable, Iain Spittal, be appointed as the Force’s permanent Chief Constable.

Mr Coppinger made the announcement following a rigorous recruitment process, which included Mr Spittal being questioned by a stakeholder panel of experts and external specialists in policing and partnership working.

The Commissioner’s recommendation will now go to a confirmation hearing held by the area’s Police and Crime Panel.

Mr Coppinger described Mr Spittal, who has served as Temporary Chief Constable since January 2016, as ‘an outstanding police officer who is passionate about public service and who is well-regarded across the Force and wider policing.’

Iain Spittal began his policing career with North Yorkshire Police in 1986. In the early part of his career he undertook a wide range of uniformed roles as Constable and Sergeant.  He has had responsibility as North Yorkshire’s Head of Public Access and from 2005 served as Area Commander for the City of York and Selby District.  He was promoted to Assistant Chief Constable on 1 August 2011, with responsibility for all operational policing across North Yorkshire and the City of York.

In June 2013 Iain joined Cleveland Police as Deputy Chief Constable, where he has held responsibility for corporate performance, leading change and the development of strategic partnerships.

Mr Coppinger said: “Iain is absolutely the right person to take Cleveland Police into the future.

“The force has faced great challenges in recent times, particularly managing significant financial cuts, and I have been impressed with the positive way Iain has responded.

“He has already demonstrated strong leadership skills and a deep understanding of the importance and benefits of partnership working.

“He shares my belief neighbourhood policing and protection of the vulnerable must be priorities for the police.  He is committed, as I am, to continuing to address the areas for improvement highlighted by HMIC and driving forward further changes in the organisation’s approach to valuing diversity and inclusivity.

“Collaborative working is essential for a modern police force and I know Iain has impressed our local partners.”

Mr Spittal was sole candidate for the role, a situation the PCC says is far from unique across the police service in recent times.

“Iain has undergone a rigorous process to get to this stage and it has been very useful to have had the added benefit of seeing him operate in the role on a temporary basis.  I can assure everyone that Iain has amply demonstrated his suitability for appointment as the dynamic, committed Chief Constable that Cleveland deserves.”

The decision to recommend the appointment was made by a panel including the Commissioner, the former Chief Constable of West Midlands Chris Sims, and Stockton Council Chief Executive Neil Schneider in the capacity of independent member representing partner organisations.

The Commissioner was also advised following an earlier interview by a full stakeholder panel, including representatives of the community Independent Advisory Group; Show Racism the Red Card; UNISON, the Police Federation and Superintendents’ Association; the Community Rehabilitation Company; the Victim Care and Advice Service; and the Joint Cleveland Independent Audit Committee.       

Iain Spittal said “I am delighted to have been asked by the Police and Crime Commissioner to lead Cleveland Police in the role of Chief Constable. This is an organisation made up of people who are truly committed to protecting people from harm, go the extra mile on a daily basis and are committed to making the communities we serve stronger.  I look forward to continuing to serve alongside them, working with our communities and partners.”

The Police and Crime Panel meeting will be held on the 6 July 2016


Posted on Friday 24th June 2016
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