The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) works closely with a range of partners from all sectors to deliver the objectives in the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan. On occasion, this will involve the joint funding of specialist roles to drive forward partnership projects and initiatives, or to work on the behalf of a number of organisations towards joint objectives.
Corporate Services with Cleveland Police
The following roles deliver a range of services on behalf of both Cleveland Police and the OPCC, working on a joint collegiate basis across both organisations and in the spirit of effective partnership working and collaboration.
Standards, scrutiny and complaints
The PCC, with the support of the staff team, maintains a comprehensive daily, weekly and monthly scrutiny process.
The process looks at Cleveland Police’s performance in tackling crime and disorder and its use of resources. It also holds the Chief Constable to account for the force’s performance.
An Independent Custody Visitors scheme, commissioned by the PCC, makes sure people in custody are being treated fairly. It deals with complaints and concerns around the service.
The PCC’s staff team also looks at the wider issue of complaints. In February 2020, the OPCC took responsibility for review of appeals handled by Cleveland Police. This role was previously carried out by the force.
Standards and Scrutiny Manager – Elise Pout
Senior Complaints Service Adviser – Hazel Thompson
Complaints Service Adviser – Melissa Wright
Strategic contracting and treasury management
The PCC is responsible for the management and oversight of strategic partnership agreements. These include Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts and outsourcing contracts. They deliver services such as Custody Management and Custody Medical Services. Contracts have a combined annual value in excess of £8.3m.
The PCC is responsible for managing the day-to-day governance associated with grant funding and facilitates the decision making process following applications made. This funding has enabled the PCC to commission services which specifically support the Police and Crime plan objectives, including contracts delivering victim support services and diversionary activities. The PCC also grant-aids a range of local organisations involved in various aspects of community safety and supported by the staff team, operates a community safety initiatives fund which has supported over 100 local projects.
Strategic Contracts and Governance Manager – Amanda Wilkinson
Commissioned Services Support Officer – Jennifer Yates
(Treasury management seconded to Cleveland Police)
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)
The Everyone Matters programme was a joint commitment between Cleveland Police and the OPCC launched in 2017 after the PCC set a requirement for the Force to improve the way it operates as an employer and serves the diverse needs of communities in Cleveland.
Following the Force’s HMICFRS inspection in 2019, the PCC reaffirmed their commitment to this work by recruiting a team to deliver the Force’s new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, driving forward cultural and organisational change within the organisation.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager – Jenni
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager – Satnam
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer – Isaac
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer – Priya
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer – Tabassum
Partnership or nationally-funded roles
E-CINS is an information sharing system, funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner.
It acts as a central hub of information for a range of agencies working to reduce crime and support victims.
Previously, partner agencies held information on separate systems and shared their knowledge at face-to-face meetings.
E-CINS will allow case workers to have quick-time access to reports, hold virtual meetings and to share information and make decisions rapidly. This will minimise delays in processes and avoid the duplication of more than one agency visiting someone.
A fixed-term role has been created to develop use of the E-CINS programme across Cleveland Police and their partner organisations. This post is funded by partners who utilise the system.
ECINS Project Manager (fixed-term) – Denise Holian
Cleveland and Durham Local Criminal Justice roles
The Cleveland and Durham Local Criminal Justice Partnership (LCJP) brings together agencies with responsibility for delivering criminal justice, and services for victims and people who have offended.
The partners have agreed a clear vision:
“County Durham, Darlington and Cleveland are areas where people have confidence in a local criminal justice system which supports victims, rehabilitates offenders and reduces re-offending, and delivers value for money.”Cleveland and Durham Local Criminal Justice Partnership (LCJP) Plan
A small team was created to support the delivery of the Local Criminal Justice Partnership Plan on behalf of the Offices of the Police and Crime Commissioners for Cleveland and Durham. The below staff are employed by Durham OPCVC and funded by criminal justice partners.
Criminal Justice Performance Analyst – Rebecca Steen
Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
A Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) is a victim focused information sharing and risk management meeting.
It is attended by all key agencies, where high risk domestic abuse cases are discussed. The role of the MARAC is to facilitate, monitor and evaluate effective information sharing to enable appropriate actions to be taken to increase public safety.
It is recognised as good practice to have an Independent Chair who will oversee and provide governance during meetings, take an objective view of presented cases, lead on the risk summary, coordinate safety planning, ensure compliance with the MARAC operating protocol, and ensure a robust, accountable and transparent process. This post is funded by the key agencies who sit on the MARAC.
Independent MARAC Chair – Lynsey Eglington (part-time) (fixed-term)