Responding to today’s police funding settlement, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “Having campaigned for several years now for a reversal of the cuts to police numbers, I welcome today’s settlement.
“Cleveland Police must make significant improvements and this additional funding will allow the Chief Constable to implement the plans he has drawn up. I will hold him to account in delivering the rapid improvement the public deserves and expects.
“Combined with a precept increase of £10 per year for a Band D property, this government funding will increase the police officers numbers in Cleveland by 127, bringing the total number of officers to 1390 by summer. This will be welcome news for local residents, who want to see a more visible police presence in their communities.
“The action I took to accelerate police recruitment ahead of this announcement means the public will see more officers within a matter of weeks, rather than the months it would have taken had we delayed.
“Now that the government has supplied the settlement figures, I can hold a public consultation on the precept level and when this launches I would urge every resident of Cleveland to head to my website to have their say. My recommendation will be to support the £10 increase, which will enable the Chief Constable to make 2020 a turning point for Cleveland Police.
“I will continue to call for the government to maintain this level of investment in policing over the coming years, so that the signs of recovery we are already seeing here in Cleveland can be built upon.”
* This compares with 1212 officers in April 2019, 1335 officers by April 2020 and a force-high of 1756 officers in April 2009. Details about police service strength can be found in this document: https://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN00634/SN00634.pdf
Posted on Wednesday 22nd January 2020