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PCC sets strategic direction to improve policing services


The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, has today laid out his strategic direction for Cleveland Police, to establish clear priorities and vision for the Force.

The direction has been set as recently appointed Chief Constable Richard Lewis looks to recruit a new Deputy and a new Assistant Chief Constable to assist him in leading the Force.

“New faces at the top offers the chance for fresh thinking and as the elected individual with responsibility for the totality of policing in Cleveland it is appropriate that I lay out clear strategic direction for the Chief and his new team” said Mr Coppinger.

“Richard has been in post for 60 days and I am encouraged by the quality of leadership he has demonstrated so far. I will continue to work in partnership with him to ensure the public receive the best possible policing service.”

The document sets out strategic requirements the Chief Constable and his team must deliver, including an up-to-date and thorough assessment of the Force’s current operational and organisational progress.

“This strategic direction has been developed to respond to the need for refreshed, clear priorities for policing in Cleveland. It’s important that the Chief Constable and I have a clear understanding about the current health of the Force and how it will improve its efficiency, effectiveness and standards in the years to come.  

“I will continue to work with Richard on the delivery of key programmes to support improvements to policing and encourage open and transparent engagement between our teams.

“In addition to a range of scrutiny methods already in place, my office will further amplify and deepen approaches to scrutiny and holding to account. This will include an increase in the use of independent scrutiny approaches and a clear expectation for the Chief Constable to confirm what will change and by when.

“My undertaking to the public of Cleveland, to Cleveland Police and its partner organisations is that we must continue to drive forward improvement in what is a complex and increasingly challenging environment.

“In setting this strategic direction, I want to make it clear that I expect Cleveland Police to deliver the service the public need and make the best use of resources.”

To read the full document visit:  https://www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk/Document-Library/Decisions/Made-By-the-PCC/2019/June-2019/1drf156877-1.pdf


Posted on Friday 28th June 2019
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