In response to Cleveland Police's publication of the number of warnings and FPNs they have issued during Covid-19, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said:
“Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, I have remained committed to representing the voice of the public and ensuring the policing response to the virus is proportionate and legitimate.
“In doing so, I receive daily updates from Chief Constable Richard Lewis on Cleveland Police’s approach to tackling coronavirus issues and on his work as chair of the Strategic Command Group and Local Resilience Forum.
“These daily updates are in addition to weekly and monthly accountability meetings, in which I raise public concerns and questions with those leading Cleveland Police. The most recent of these meetings with the Chief Constable was webcast online, something I will be doing regularly so the public can be assured that my constructive scrutiny of Cleveland Police continues as normal in these unprecedented circumstances.
“I am satisfied that the policing approach the force have taken - to engage, explain, encourage, with enforcement as a last resort - is in line with what the public want and expect. As the situation develops I will continue to probe and scrutinise the force’s performance.
“I’m pleased that so far, there has been no significant impact on Cleveland Police’s service delivery as a result of sickness or other Covid-19 related effects. They are among only a handful of forces in the country to maintain this level of ‘business as usual’.
“It’s important to note that all but a tiny minority of the 568,000 people living in Cleveland are abiding by the Government rules around social distancing and avoiding unnecessary travel away from their homes - and I thank them for their efforts. They are playing their part in protecting key workers and saving lives.
“Members of the public can continue to submit questions and concerns to directly to my office. I will put these questions to the Chief Constable and other partner agencies, so the public can continue to have confidence that all agencies in Cleveland are responding as effectively and fairly as possible through the emergency.”
Click here to access Cleveland Police's latest update on the coronavirus crisis
Posted on Wednesday 15th April 2020