Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “This has been a lengthy investigation for all parties involved. I note and respect the independent findings now reached by the IOPC that there is no case to answer for misconduct.
“Before this referral was made to the IOPC, it was clear that Cleveland Police needed to improve its approach to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. As a result, I issued a strategic direction instructing the Force to identify ways it could provide a better service to the area’s diverse communities and make Cleveland Police a more inclusive and respectful place to work.
“The result was the Everyone Matters programme, a joint scheme of work between my office and the Force, to celebrate Cleveland’s diversity in all its forms and ensure Cleveland Police improves its services to all communities. I want Cleveland Police to become and remain an employer of choice for all who wish to pursue a policing career. My commitment to this agenda continues and we recently established a small but dedicated and specialist team to reinvigorate the Force’s progress in this area.
“In addition to improvements in equality and diversity, I’ve overseen significant changes to the way the Force upholds standards and ethics and deals with complaints and misconduct. The Complaints Resolution Team, based within my office, is responding to public complaints in a timely manner and the Directorate of Standards and Ethics has introduced improved methods for officers and staff to raise concerns.
“There is much done and much still to do. The recent HMICFRS inspection report made it clear that Cleveland Police is still not where it needs to be in how it treats its workforce and it’s important the Force doesn’t lose momentum on the work to address some of the long-standing areas for improvement, including to better support the wellbeing of officers and staff.
“I will continue to closely scrutinise the Chief Constable to ensure staff wellbeing remains a priority and that inappropriate behaviour is challenged and addressed.”
Posted on Tuesday 17th December 2019