(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
Cleveland Police and North Yorkshire Police have today announced the launch of a new joint team of ‘super-sleuths’ to investigate some of the most serious and sinister crimes including murder, kidnap, serial armed robberies and rape.
The Major Investigation Team is planned to go live in November 2016 and brings together decades of experience as Cleveland’s Murder Investigation Team and North Yorkshire’s Major Incident Team collaborate.
The new team will be based at both Middlesbrough and Harrogate and will lead on national and international manhunts for local cases and will also be responsible for investigating crimes of extortion and stranger rape.
The collaboration will significantly boost the number of skilled specialists from 47 to 74 and will enhance the capacity to review cold cases. This will dramatically reduce the need to draw resources away from local policing to deal with major crime incidents.
Detectives will primarily work on crimes in their patch; however having a single team under one command will provide both police forces with the flexibility to pull on specialist personnel from the wider team when necessary. This will mean increased resilience during the crucial hours after a serious crime has been committed and when there are peaks in demand.
The decision by PCCs and Chief Constables to proceed with a combined Major Investigation Team is the latest step in the Evolve programme – a long-term project to look at where collaboration across police forces can improve services, reduce duplication and improve cost efficiency. Senior detectives from both forces were involved in the development of the plans.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “This is a fantastic example of how police forces can work together to achieve the ultimate aims of bringing perpetrators to justice and providing an efficient and effective service. It’s one step further in our already successful collaboration approach, and we will continue to look for opportunities to collaborate with partner agencies.
“I will be keeping a close watch on the development of the team and look forward to seeing the fruits of their labour as they keep our communities safe by putting offenders behind bars.”
Temporary Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “We have some of the very best and highly-experienced detectives across Cleveland and North Yorkshire and I’m sure this new joint team will be a force to be reckoned with against the criminal fraternity. A key part of this collaboration is our ability to strengthen our approach to local policing, as it provides us with extra resilience to deal with serious cases so that our other detectives and officers can deal with longer term concerns in our communities.”
In addition to the formation of the Major Investigation Team, North Yorkshire Police, Cleveland Police and Durham Constabulary also agreed to the creation of a new post to explore collaboration in the area of legal services and information rights.
Posted on Tuesday 22nd March 2016