Back: PCC CEO Simon Dennis, Mitie's Russell Smith, Derek Conway and Gregory Ashton. Front: Deputy Chief Constable Simon Nickless, Mitie's Seb Stewart, PCC Barry Coppinger, Mitie's Neil Aubeelack and Chief Inspector Paul Haytack
Savings of around £1.8million are being made after the Police and Crime Commissioner agreed a new contract for custody management services in Cleveland.
Mitie Care and Custody (Health) Limited will now lead on providing custody services to those who have been arrested and taken to police cells in Hartlepool and Middlesbrough. They will also provide bail management and the identification suite for ID parades.
The new three-year contract (with the option to extend for a further two years) was awarded following a comprehensive procurement process. Tascor previously held the contract for ten years, with current staff being transferred under TUPE regulations.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, said: “This is an extremely important contract, as it is about managing people in complex situations, looking after welfare and ensuring legislation is adhered to.
“As an external provider will be leading our custody provision, we can again free-up operational police officers so that they can focus on core policing. We will continue to scrutinise standards in custody through the use of our Independent Custody Visitors, who make unannounced visits to custody suites to report on the conditions they find there.
"We look forward to working with Mitie and will seek to review the contract to ensure that a good service is being delivered.”
Assistant Chief Constable Jason Harwin said: “Police custody is an important part of police investigations and in Cleveland around 20,000 people are dealt with by custody each year.
“We follow the National Custody Strategy to ensure that our use is legitimate and efficient, which includes limiting the use of police custody for Mental Health Act detentions. Mitie Care and Custody (Health) Limited shares our aim of providing a safe and effective detention environment.”
Seb Stewart, Managing Director at Mitie Care & Custody (Health), commented “We’re delighted to be working with the Police and Crime Commissioner and Cleveland Police. We look forward to building on our existing strong relationship with Cleveland over the coming years and developing a partnership that provides an efficient and effective integrated approach to the complex issues faced in the custodial environment.”
Posted on Monday 3rd July 2017