Barry Coppinger as the elected PCC for Cleveland is legally a ‘Corporation Sole’. He is responsible for the totality of policing in Cleveland, as well as a range of community safety activity and services for over 550,000 residents across the Cleveland areas of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton.
This includes a revenue budget of £133m, around 90% of which is invested directly into policing. In addition, he supports over 70 areas of collaboration locally, regionally and nationally - ranging from a shared dog unit to a national air support service, and other aspects of the National Strategic Policing Requirement.
It also includes a direct workforce of around 1600 police officers, community support officers, and staff. As well as supporting around 200 people working in a range of locally commissioned services, from youth offending to specialist services for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
Since his election in 2012, the PCC has remained committed to ensuring his office provides effective and efficient services for residents. His overall office budget of £850k is 0.6% of the overall budget and is £350k - or 25% - less than the Police Authority he replaced, despite taking on developing a much greater range of responsibilities.
This has included drawing up and implementing a Police & Crime Plan, developed in consultation with Cleveland Police, local agencies, and residents and community groups. The plan is structured over five key areas on which the PCC was elected and re-elected:
- Investing in our Police
- A Better Deal for Victims and Witnesses
- Tackling Re-offending
- Working Together to Make Cleveland Safer
- Securing the Future of our Communities