Following coverage in the Northern Echo (6th June 2019) regarding an investigation by the Independent Office of Police Conduct, Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has issued the below statement:
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said:
“I am very limited in what I can say about the ongoing IOPC investigation but I fully understand why the public may be concerned to hear about suspensions of police personnel. It isn’t appropriate for me to confirm or deny the identities of suspended officers. Anyone suspended from their job is entitled to fairness and due process.
“It’s important that any suspicions of wrongdoing are properly and fairly investigated and I’ve been assured that the Force are taking the appropriate steps, together with my Office, to cooperate fully and proactively with the IOPC’s independent investigation. I expect the IOPC to go about their work thoroughly, fairly and promptly.
“Cleveland Police is full of dedicated officers, staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe and it is always important to place allegations concerning a very small number of individuals in that context.
“I regularly call upon all local political figures, regardless of party affiliation, to support our hardworking officers and staff and I do so again today.”
Posted on Friday 7th June 2019