- Over 1,400 victims across Cleveland received specialist one-to-one support from Victim Care and Advice Service.
- New Community Safety Hub opens, offering a state-of-the-art base for Cleveland Police and other community safety partners.
- £1.5m invested in specialist roles within Neighbourhood Policing, including dedicated hate crime investigators and crime prevention officers.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has today published his Annual Report, which highlights key achievements made by his office over the last year.
Despite the financial challenges facing police services across the country, progress has been made towards achieving all five of the objectives in his Police and Crime Plan.
Following the PCC’s £1.5m investment in neighbourhood policing, Cleveland Police has recruited a range of specialist staff dedicated to reaching out and better serving our diverse communities. These appointments include hate crime investigators, crime prevention officers and officers tasked with building bridges with the most vulnerable communities.
Protecting and supporting victims remains at the centre of the PCC’s agenda and strides have been made to strengthen existing support services during the last year. A new Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) and Tees-wide Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) Service was commissioned to ensure victims of sexual violence have the appropriate support to make choices about their journey.
Tackling re-offending has also seen a boost in the last six months with the launch of the Local Criminal Justice Partnership Plan, a joint venture with Durham OPCC to streamline the criminal justice process to make it more efficient and effective.
The PCC continues to work with partners to develop schemes and initiatives to turn people away from crime and make more positive life choices. Restorative Cleveland recently received a national award for the high quality of their restorative justice service and work is underway to develop Cleveland’s custody diversion scheme, Divert.
By working closely with partner agencies, a real impact has been made in tackling crime in demanding areas. Hartlepool has become home to one of the region’s first Integrated Neighbourhood Team - made up of police officers, local authority staff and representatives from the fire service.
Cleveland Police has continued its journey of organisational change and development, including continuing work to embed the Everyone Matters strategy and the transformation of the way the force handles complaints and misconduct.
Cristiana Emsley has been appointed as Head of the new Directorate of Standards and Ethics, the first time professional standards has been headed up by a non-police officer in the force’s history. The department has been redesigned by leading expert John Armstrong and has a new Complaints Triage team, tasked with resolving low-level complaints efficiently and effectively.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “I’m incredibly proud of the progress my office has made in the last 12 months to support victims, reduce re-offending and work with partners to make Cleveland a safer place to live, work and visit.
“Despite continuing financial restraints on policing in Cleveland, the force, my office and partner agencies are pulling together to make the best use of resources to support victims and prevent offending.
“I would like to thank members of the public who continue to engage with my office and give us feedback about policing in their area. I am committed to ensuring they receive the best service possible from the Chief Constable and I will continue to fight for fairer funding for Cleveland at a local and national level.”
A copy of the PCC’s Annual Report can be found at the following link: https://www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk/Document-Library/Annual-Report/20172018/PCC-Annual-Report-2017-18-fin-spreads.pdf
Posted on Tuesday 24th July 2018