"I thank very much the 41,337 residents who voted for me in last week’s PCC elections. Also the other three candidates and those who voted for them, for their commitment to the democratic process. I shall continue to work for all residents in Cleveland, whether you voted for me or not.
I view the PCC role as a ‘work in progress’ and am encouraged by the increase in voter turnout; in winning a clear majority in all 4 boroughs; and in my overall majority increasing.
Among my early priorities will be to draw up and consult on a new Police & Crime Plan. Also, to appoint a permanent Chief Constable, who I will hold to account on your behalf for the force tackling crime and disorder, and work with in taking forward planned changes and improvements. My local meetings related to community engagement will continue. I will also develop further collaboration, as well as my support for local safety projects.
Crime is rising across the country and Cleveland is seen as a relatively high crime area. Recent changes in crime recording processes; increased confidence by victims in coming forward; greater resources committed to tackling domestic and sexual abuse, and supporting other vulnerable people; all relate to this. Increases in some acquisitive crime have inevitable links to austerity and welfare reforms impacting locally.
Cleveland police officers and staff are dedicated and committed people, with considerable community support. Your readers will be aware, re major crime, officers are currently investigating a number of tragic murders. As a further example, on 3rd May amongst other things over 24 hours, police responding to 261 ‘999’ calls; 852 'non-999' calls - and within that 67 concerns for safety calls, and 23 missing persons reported.
I look forward to continue working with Cleveland police; other partner organisations; residents and community groups, over the next 4 years - and working together in helping make the Cleveland area safer"
Police & Crime Commissioner for Cleveland
Certificate of result – second count
Posted on Monday 9th May 2016