7. The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
All of this work could not have been achieved without the support of the staff within my office. A public facing service in itself, my team speak to many members of the public every day, supporting them in any queries they have, responding to correspondence, and also managing complaints that need to be resolved.
This work includes maintaining a professional website and social media presence, as well as assisting me in the valuable work of scrutiny of the work of the Force, and of all the community safety services we commission.
The team have been successful in recent years in winning around £2m in external funding bids, bringing investment into community safety and being recognised across Cleveland for their innovation and ability to provide forums for partners and the police to raise and address issues that cut across all agencies. They have made successful bids to the following funds:
- Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG) Transformation Fund
- Early Intervention Youth Fund – Home Office
- Female Offender Fund – Ministry of Justice
- Modern Slavery Police Transformation Fund
- Domestic Abuse Whole System Approach
- Supported the development of the Domestic Abuse Navigator Bid covering Cleveland Durham and Darlington
- MoJ Competed Fund
Their advice and support for me personally over my time in this role has been immense, and as a result we have collectively achieved all of this progress and made a real effort to communicate this success with the public, so I thank you all very much.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge the Police and Crime Panel. I would like to thank the Chair, members and officers for supportively scrutinising my work. I consider our relationship a key strength, especially when reflecting on other arrangements across the country. The welcome contribution made has always been constructive and relevant, helping all of us to seek to do the very best for the people of Cleveland who we are all here to serve.
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