The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) supports the PCC in his work.
The PCC is supported by a team of staff employed by the OPCC.
The OPCC is a non-political, impartial organisation. It is a separate organisation to Cleveland Police.
The OPCC’s Work
The OPCC’s work generally falls into the following categories:
- Strategy, policy and performance
- Communications and community engagement
- Criminal justice, commissioning and partnerships
- Complaints, feedback and business support
- Treasury and estates
- Collaborations and national activity
Staff help the PCC draw up and deliver the Police and Crime Plan.
This is done in consultation with Cleveland Police, local agencies, residents and community groupsCleveland Police and Crime Plan 2021-2024
Therefore, the team helps the PCC deliver the Police and Crime Plan and other statutory duties. As a result, work falls broadly into the following:
- Criminal justice, victims commissioning and partnerships;
- Standards, ethics and scrutiny;
- Communications and community engagement;
- Office management, support and case work;
- Strategic contracting and treasury management;
- Collaborations and partnerships.
The OPCC is committed to providing value for money. Its budget of £900k per year is just 0.6% of Cleveland’s total, annual policing budget.
Therefore, in a bid to keep budget increases to a minimum, the OPCC uses collaboration and partnerships.