Responding to today's announcement from Cleveland Police about Operation Phoenix, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said:
“I’m pleased to see that Cleveland Police have taken immediate action to improve how they tackle crime and protect vulnerable people.
“Following a number of discussions and a recent scrutiny meeting with the Chief Constable earlier this month, it was made very clear to me that the Force has not been providing a satisfactory service – particularly for vulnerable and repeat victims of crime.
“This additional investment is welcome news and begins to respond, in part, to the Strategic Direction I issued earlier this month. However it’s important to recognise that this operation is just the beginning of a long journey for Cleveland Police.
“I have spent time on patrol with police officers and PCSOs in all four policing areas over the last month and remain impressed at the commitment they show, but it’s clear that wider organisational change is needed to make the best use of these individuals to effectively prevent crime and protect victims.
“I will continue to meet regularly with the Chief Constable to ensure money is being spent in the areas of demand most in need of improvement and to seek assurance that victims will begin to feel the benefits immediately.”
See Cleveland Police's announcement below:
Phoenix rises over Teesside
Cleveland Police has launched a major campaign to prevent crime, protect communities and tackle serious violence.
Operation Phoenix will see an improved public service from Cleveland Police, more help for vulnerable people – such as those suffering domestic abuse – and more officers tackling serious violence.
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Graham said: “The summer is traditionally a time of increased demand for the police service and Operation Phoenix is being put in place to manage that demand directly through increased protection for vulnerable people and a focussed approached to tackling serious and organised crime.
“We’re doing this in two ways; by changing the way we work and by freeing up resources to support the work of our front line officers and staff. We’ve allocated almost quarter of a million pounds to invest over the next three months in a number of key areas and we are committed to delivering improvements over the summer which will have a lasting effect.”
Op Phoenix will evolve over the summer as new and more effective working methods are implemented and new initiatives are brought on line.
Six ‘domestic abuse’ cars will become operation from Thursday 18th July and will be staffed by officers working additional hours. These will provide additional support to victims of domestic abuse on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – traditionally peak times for such offences.
Domestic abuse calls currently account for on average 6.3% of calls received every day by Cleveland Police and the additional officers will free up others to focus on other crime types and anti-social behaviour.
From Monday 15th July Crime Prevention officers are being based in town centres to offer advice and support to the public – face to face – every weekday for the next three months.
Additional resources will also be focused on apprehending suspects wanted for crimes, on prison recalls or for breaches of bail.
Proactive operations will be conducted over the course of the summer, supported by additional resources, to disrupt organised crime, target criminals and raid homes and businesses connected to crime.
ACC Graham continued: “This is part of our wider drive to deliver outstanding policing for our communities by relentlessly focusing on prevention, solving problems and tackling criminals.”
Crime Prevention Officers Swoop in with Advice as Part of Operation Phoenix
Cleveland Police’s Crime Prevention Officers are offering advice and assistance for members of the public as part of a new major summer operation.
This is part of Cleveland Police’s Operation Phoenix; a summer-long operation to improve public service, help vulnerable people, tackle serious violence and prevent crime.
Crime Prevention officers are able to advise members of the public on a number of safety issues ranging from burglaries to thefts from vehicles and community based crime, and can offer advice on steps people can take to help themselves stay safe.
Engagement events in town centres will be held by Crime Prevention Officers every working day for the three-month duration of Operation Phoenix to talk with local communities about crime prevention.
Officers at these events will be offering crime prevention advice and showcasing different types of equipment that is both practical and inexpensive, enabling people to improve the security of their homes, businesses and gardens.
Crime Prevention Officers began holding events across Cleveland starting as of yesterday in the Hartlepool Civic Centre. The rest of this week’s events will be at Castlegate Centre Stockton on Wednesday 17th July from 11am till 1pm, Hartlepool Central Library on Wednesday 18th July from 2pm till 4pm and finishing at Barclays in Middlesbrough on Friday 19th July from 10am till 12pm.
Further events will be at Barclays in Thornaby on Monday 22nd July from 11am till 1pm, Tesco Southbank on Tuesday 23rd July from 10am till 12pm, Hartlepool Central Library on Wednesday 24th July from 10am till 12pm, Middlesbrough Bus Station on Thursday 25th July from 10am till 12pm, Nationwide in Stockton on Friday 26th July from 10am and 12pm and finally, Cleveland Show in Middlesbrough on Saturday 27th July from 10am till 5pm.
Paul Payne, part of the seven-strong crime prevention team, said: “As a team we believe that we need to be proactive and give advice to as many people as possible. We have decided to take our expertise on the road where we can engage with thousands of people over the coming months, enabling people to take our advice and put it into practice.
“Keep an eye on the Cleveland Police social media pages to find an event near you. The team is here to make Cleveland a safer place to live, work and play and we hope you’ll come along to see us.”
Operation Phoenix sees officers focusing on key areas such as vulnerability and violent crime by providing additional resources to get the job done. The force has allocated funding to invest in these key areas over the next three months.
Proactive operations are to be conducted over the course of the summer campaign to disrupt organised crime and target criminals, as well as focusing on prevention and problem solving.
Help us to help you by attending these events to find out how to keep you and your home safer this summer.
Posted on Tuesday 16th July 2019