Response by Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, to HMIC Police Legitimacy Inspection 2016.
The overall summary of this report states: “HMIC has not identified any causes of concern and has therefore made no specific recommendations.”
"That is pleasing and indicates that we are heading in the right direction.
"This report paints a picture of a force which recognises there are areas for improvement and is taking positive steps to achieve this. I’m in broad agreement with the report.
"The report recognises the importance of “Everyone Matters”, a wide-ranging and vital programme of work to build confidence in Cleveland Police in terms of legitimacy, standards and ethics.
"“Everyone Matters” aims to ensure that Cleveland Police becomes an employer of choice for all who wish to pursue a policing career and deliver on the aspiration that our workforce more closely reflects the diversity of the communities it serves.
"“Everyone Matters” is being driven forward by the Chief Constable following on from my Strategic Direction in December last year and I will continue to hold the Chief Constable to account for the success of the programme and for the other areas for improvement identified by HMIC.
"Real term cuts in Government funding of £36m over the last five years have been a huge challenge for policing in Cleveland. We will continue to focus on protecting the most vulnerable and I would like to express my support and appreciation for the work that all of our police officers, staff and volunteers do to protect our communities from harm.
"I have made representations to the Government of the impact cuts to policing are having locally and I will continue to do so."
Deputy Chief Constable Simon Nickless said: “I’m pleased that HMIC acknowledges the significant progress that we have made in continuing to develop the culture within the organisation, through increased awareness of the code of ethics and highlighting our standards and expectations.
“The inspectors did not find any causes of concern for the force, but we do agree that there are improvements to be made in certain areas and much of this work has already begun.
“We will be conducting an assessment of the resources available within the Counter Corruption Unit, which will form part of a wider review of the Professional Standards Department as a whole.
“Our communities are diverse and they are changing, which means that their needs shift over time. With help from our partners we will explore the make-up of the Cleveland area and look at opportunities to effectively engage with our residents and gather feedback from them.
“I feel positive that the force is making good progress in many areas, but we must continue to work with the public to deliver a policing service that protects the most vulnerable and supports communities. With our dedicated and committed workforce we will achieve that.”
Posted on Friday 9th December 2016