Response of Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger to the recent “Legitimacy” inspection of Cleveland Police by Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC):
“It is clear from this report that HMIC is impressed at the ongoing work by staff and officers, of all levels, to ensure Cleveland Police delivers the best possible service to the public.
“This is highlighted in the quote by the Inspection team: ‘We are impressed by the commitment of officers in Cleveland to their engagement work with their communities. Officers and staff understand the importance of treating people with fairness and respect and how this links to public confidence.’
“It was also pleasing that HMIC concluded: ‘Processes for dealing with complaints and misconduct were fair and free from bias.’
“Also that recruitment processes were seen as fair, free from bias and discrimination.
“The report recognises how the force uses a range of methods to engage with local communities and organisations and then uses this information to good effect.
“Of course, there are always areas for improvement and it is pleasing to note that where the report identifies such areas, it also makes clear the force is aware of these and that appropriate actions are already underway.
“I suspect that when it came to deciding on an overall grading the force was right on the cusp between good and requires improvement and HMIC has erred on the side of caution.
“I’m confident that the actions which HMIC recognises are already underway will impact positively on future gradings.”
The full HMIC Report can be viewed here.
Posted on Friday 12th February 2016