Members of local community groups feature in a new short film which shows how Cleveland Police recognises diversity across the area.
The 30 second film has been produced as part of the Everyone Matters programme, which is focused on plans covering three areas of work; employees, communities, and processes.
Representatives from Cleveland Transgender Association, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and the Regional Refugee Forum North East joined others for a speaking part in the production.
The film has been commissioned by Chief Constable Iain Spittal and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, to highlight the work.
It will be shared on police social media accounts from 12th June and members of the public are being asked to share the video far and wide.
Ellie Lowther, Director of Trans Aware, who contributed to the film said: “It has been an honour to be involved, and it’s so reassuring that Cleveland Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner are raising awareness of diversity in such a public manner.
“I think the film is great, and I look forward to doing other work in the future as part of Everyone Matters.”
Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “This film has been produced locally and includes some fantastic representatives from our communities. It is a great tool to raise awareness of the Everyone Matters programme and highlight to the public that we understand that delivering a good service is based upon our need to recognise diversity.
“The communities that make up Cleveland are vibrant, passionate and proud – but we want to make them safer and stronger, and our Everyone Matters programme will help us to do this.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “It’s great to see so many of our community representatives in this film. My team has done some valuable work with them throughout my tenure.
“I have given a firm commitment to the Everyone Matters programme within my Police and Crime Plan. It contributes so much for the success of our officers, staff and communities and I will hold the Chief Constable to account for the delivery of the programme and receive regular updates through my scrutiny meetings.”
The video can be viewed on Cleveland Police social media pages, on the Cleveland Police website or via YouTube.