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1. Investing in Our Police

1. Investing in our police: 

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    I appointed Richard Lewis as our Chief Constable in March 2019, who is delivering the organisational and transformational changes required, and who has already made much progress, including developing a new neighbourhood policing model. This will result in 230 police officers and PCSOs being deployed into communities across Cleveland over the coming weeks. Richard has committed to serving his entire policing career in Cleveland and I have committed to extending his contract to stabilise and secure that arrangement.

  • I have developed with Cleveland Police an award-winning Everyone Matters programme, to invest in and promote diversity, equality and human rights. The programme aims to better recruit and develop our employees, and to support and protect all the communities we are here to serve. I am also a recognised Dementia Champion and a supporter of Blue Light mental health work, our Autism network and the numerous internal staff networks and unions.

  • I’ve invested in specialist roles to tackle hate crime, early intervention, school liaison, community cohesion, rural crime, crime prevention and championed the Cleveland Connected online information sharing system, which is accessed by thousands of residents.

  • In a ground-breaking partnership with the Force, we introduced a Transforming Professional Standards programme, which is led for the first time by a professional from outside policing, to uphold ethical standards and practice.

  • We’ve also established wholly independent professional Audit and Ethics Committees, who the Chief Constable and I report to regularly, as well as the Cleveland Strategic Independent Advisory Group.

  • We designed and constructed an award-winning Community Safety Hub, housing state-of-the-art facilities, delivered at no cost to the public, and built by local contractors using local steel. 

  • I was the first PCC to action Living Wage policies for direct employees and contractors as a priority on first taking office.

  • I have funded a £22m programme of technological investment to better equip officers and improve efficiency and effectiveness. This has most recently included the introduction of a drone capacity, bringing a further dimension to local policing.

  • Across the North East, I helped develop collaboration between the three North East PCCs and police forces, to establish a North East Regional crime centre, bringing national and regional resources together tackling serious and organised crime.  We’ve also engaged in developing forensic services with up to seven other North force areas, and the Domestic Abuse Whole Systems Approach has now been embedded into Cleveland Police. 

  • Throughout my time in office I have actively supported a growing Cleveland Police Cadets scheme.  With over 100 members in four borough-based units, we give youngsters the opportunity to learn, develop, and provide valuable assistance to many local projects and events. The cadets have assisted in delivering crime prevention advice; helped with youth engagement and been involved in volunteering opportunities supporting local charities and the vulnerable. They’ve won two national awards for their work with people living with dementia in the local community. The programme also helps cadets with personal development by preparing them for further education and entry into work place.

  • I am a consistent supporter of the Cleveland Police Special Constabulary, who give up their own time to police our streets and make a difference in our communities. I’m also proud of the Cleveland Police Volunteers scheme and have met with, and given placements to, a wide range of school, college and university students, to help them gain valuable professional and life skills.

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