He has worked in the steel industry, when first leaving school; later in public sector finance, where he gained an accountancy qualification; and in helping develop community businesses at a local enterprise agency.
He brings to the role a long track record of public service, including wide experience of policing and public protection services. He served as a local councillor for 28 years and has held numerous posts including Executive Member for Public Protection, Chair of a Crime and Disorder Partnership and of the Cleveland Joint Emergency Planning Committee, as well as serving as a member of the former police authority.
He played a central role in introducing Neighbourhood Policing in Cleveland, and has experience of developing a wide range of public protection and community safety projects. He has built a wide range of political and professional contacts over many years, working with many residents and community groups on which he has built a wide-ranging 53 point Police & Crime Plan for the Cleveland area, which he is focussed on implementing.police authority.
A lifelong Teessider, he is married with 2 sons and in his spare time enjoys walking, cycling and sampling local produce and culture.
The Commissioner's Role
A Police and Crime Commissioner:
- Represents the interests of local communities,
- Holds the Chief Constable to account for police performance,
- Sets the priorities for the Force and prepares the Police and Crime Plan,
- Appoints (and dismisses if necessary) the Chief Constable,
- Sets the Police budget and the part of council tax that goes to policing,
- Works with other agencies and partners to improve public safety, and
- Commissions police and crime services.
Objectives of the Police & Crime Commissioner
For the 2019-20 Police & Crime Plan, Barry Coppinger has five key priorities for Cleveland:
- Investing in our Police
- A Better Deal for Victims and Witnesses
- Tackling Offending and Re-offending
- Working Together to Make Cleveland Safer
- Securing the Future of our Communities
For more information about the plans to deliver each of these priorities, please view the 2019-20 Police and Crime Plan.
My Police and Crime Plan
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My Annual Reports
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My Annual Salary Information
The salary of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, which is set by legislation, is £70,000
My Register of Interests
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My Expenses and Expenditure Information
Monthly expenses and expenditure of the PCC is outlined on the PCC Expenses and Expenditure page.
My Register of Gifts and Hospitality
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Budget of the Office of the PCC
Budget (and Long Term Financial Plan), Capital Budget (and Long Term Capital Plan) and the Treasury Management Plans (and Annual Investment Strategy) are listed on the Finance Information page. Finance reports of the PCC can also be viewed here.
Complaints Against the Police & Crime Commissioner
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Complaints against the Police & Crime Commissioner are managed by the Cleveland Police & Crime Panel.
How to Contact Barry Coppinger
Methods of contacting Barry Coppinger are listed on the Contact Us page.