Members of the public will now have the chance to put their questions directly to the people running Cleveland Police about issues like drugs, police numbers and protecting the vulnerable.
Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Barry Coppinger is welcoming questions from residents to include in his monthly scrutiny meetings with Chief Constable Richard Lewis and his senior policing team.
As PCC, Mr Coppinger is responsible for holding Cleveland Police to account on behalf of the public, by ensuring the Chief Constable delivers an efficient and effective policing service.
Mr Coppinger said: “As part of my community engagement work, I regularly hear the concerns and worries of the public about crime and safety in their area. My office also handles correspondence and complaints directly from residents.
“Earlier this year I made a commitment to increase public participation in the scrutiny and accountability processes I conduct on their behalf, to ensure their worries and concerns are put directly to those leading Cleveland Police.
“Whilst we cannot guarantee that every question submitted will be used, this is a fantastic opportunity for the public to support me and play their own part in shining a light on Cleveland Police’s improvement plans.”
The PCC’s next scrutiny meeting will take place on Monday 13th January 2020 and will focus on how to prevent young people becoming involved in crime.
Questions must be submitted by Monday 6th January 2020 and can be submitted via the PCC’s Facebook, Twitter, website and email address. Not all questions submitted will be selected.
Guidance about submitting questions is available on the PCC’s website at https://www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk/Take-Part/Put-your-questions-to-Cleveland-Police.aspx
The PCC always wants to hear about public experiences of Cleveland Police services, but can’t usually ask formal scrutiny questions about ongoing specific criminal cases or complaints.
His office will be happy to assist separately with any such concerns and can be contacted on pcc@Cleveland.pnn.police.uk or on 01642 301861.
Posted on Monday 23rd December 2019