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Commissioner holds force to account on wide range of issues

PCC and CC Video Chat

PCC Barry Coppinger and Chief Constable Richard Lewis did a second video chat this week, with the PCC logging on from home

The need to strike the right balance between engagement and enforcement was a key theme of the latest Police and Crime Commissioner’s scrutiny of Cleveland Police.

In a video question and answer session with Chief Constable Richard Lewis, Commissioner Barry Coppinger posed a wide range of questions from himself, partner organisations and the public.

Topics covered included the public response to lockdown; whether the public themselves should challenge breaches of the Coronavirus Regulations; concerns of the rural community regarding the use of rights of way; observing Ramadan and other religious occasions; supplies of PPE to frontline officers and, crucially, protecting the vulnerable across Cleveland at this challenging time.

The video is now available to view at: https://www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk/Information/CoronavirusCovid19/Covid-19-PCCs-video-meetings-with-Chief-Constable-Richard-Lewis.aspx  

Mr Coppinger said: “We are living through unprecedented times which have seen unprecedented powers granted to the police. It’s therefore more important than ever to raise questions on behalf of the public to ensure that those powers are used in a fair and balanced way.

“Whilst Covid-19 will naturally dominate these times, it is important to also scrutinise all other aspects of policing, to be confident that victims and the vulnerable are protected and that everyone in Cleveland can be safe and feel safe.

“I am grateful to the Chief Constable for the frank answers he has provided during these scrutiny sessions.”

Mr Coppinger intends to hold further scrutiny sessions with the Chief Constable and others involved in the community safety and criminal justice system. To submit a question visit click here, email us at pcc@cleveland.pnn.police.uk or post on our social media pages.


Posted on Friday 24th April 2020
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