PCC Barry Coppinger
As Police and Crime Commissioner I work in partnership with many politicians and agencies and I look forward to doing so with whoever is elected as the first Mayor of the Tees Valley. The post-holder will have an important role to play in the continued regeneration of the region.
It is very important to note that the Tees Valley Mayor will have no powers in relation to policing, which will remain under the control of the elected Police & Crime Commissioners for Cleveland - and of course Durham, which covers Darlington as part of the Tees Valley.
Like all forces, Cleveland Police is subject to regular inspections by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary. Forces receive a grading and the reports are made public.
The most recent inspection of Cleveland Police has just been published and can be viewed at http://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmic/peel-assessments/peel-2016/cleveland/. The report assessed how effective the force is – essentially how we rate in terms of keeping the public safe, the day to day business of preventing and detecting crime.
Cleveland Police is graded by HMIC as a ‘Good’ force that has made significant improvement in the past year and has a clear strategy in place to achieving further improvements.
In addition, the Chief Constable and I have commissioned an extensive body of work that will culminate in the replacement of the current professional standards department. The new body will be seen as a national centre of excellence for handling complaints and conduct matters.
From the hundreds of community meetings I have attended in my time as Commissioner I know the public are overwhelmingly supportive of the officers who patrol Cleveland and the excellent and dedicated job of work that they do.
I would urge all candidates to read the latest HMIC report. It gives the most up to date picture of how we rate as a force. There is still work to be done but this report is a clear endorsement of our actions and of the outstanding work delivered by officers and staff of all ranks within the organisation.
Posted on Thursday 27th April 2017