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Force on the Right Track following Good Rating from Police Watchdog


Cleveland’s top police officer, Iain Spittal, has said that today’s good rating from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), shows that Cleveland Police is on the right track.

The report from the police watchdog found that:

  • Cleveland Police is good at keeping people safe and reducing crime.
  • Neighbourhood teams have a good understanding of their local area and the public can have confidence that local policing is effective.
  • Cleveland Police has an effective approach to problem solving.
  • The force is good at preventing crime and antisocial behaviour.
  • Cleveland Police is good at investigating crime and is thorough in its assessment of calls requiring assistance.
  • Cleveland Police is good at tackling serious and organised crime.
  • Cleveland Police should make further improvements to protect some vulnerable people.

HMIC also praised the new structure of Cleveland Police, which was developed using research from the Jill Dando Institute and informed by levels of vulnerability in communities.

Cleveland Police has also been highlighted by HMIC in the national report as an innovative force when it comes to the deployment of neighbourhood teams.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “This is absolutely a step in the right direction for Cleveland Police and is extremely positive in areas that matter to the public, such as neighbourhood policing.

“HMIC has highlighted strong partnership working and how well officers understand the areas that they police. That is really important for me, as they are priorities within my Police and Crime Plan. I have visited hundreds of community groups and will continue to keep my ear to the ground to ensure the force is delivering a good service to local people.

“Cleveland Police is one of the Forces which has shown the most improvement and I will continue to make sure we do all we can to build upon that success.”

Chief Constable Iain Spittal has praised the efforts of dedicated police officers and staff who deal with the thousands of calls for service every year.

He said: “I welcome this report which shows the immense progress we have made since 2015. We’re good at keeping people safe and reducing crime, good at preventing crime and antisocial behaviour and good at assessing calls for service.

“We have a solid plan to take us to 2020 to ensure we make our communities safer and help them to be stronger and I’m confident that our plan will help us to achieve great work. It’s built upon the foundations of prevention, intervention and protection

“This rating is testament to the hard work of our hundreds of employees who often risk their own lives to save others. I’m sure they will be proud of the work they continue to do to protect our communities.”


Posted on Thursday 2nd March 2017
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