The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) works closely with a range of partners. We do this in order to deliver objectives in the Police and Crime Plan.
Sometimes, this involves joint funding specialist roles. On other occasions, it means working with partners towards shared goals.
Corporate Services with Cleveland Police
The following staff deliver a range of services for both Cleveland Police and the OPCC. As a result, staff working across both organisations.
Standards, scrutiny and complaints
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC,) with support from staff, runs a comprehensive scrutiny process.
The PCC and OPCC look at Cleveland Police’s performance in tackling crime and disorder. They also look at how the force uses resources. As a result, they can hold the Chief Constable to account.
An Independent Custody Visitors scheme, commissioned by the PCC, makes sure people in custody are fairly treated. It also deals with complaints and concerns.
From February 2020, the OPCC took responsibility for reviewing appeals about complaints handled by Cleveland Police.
Standards and Scrutiny Manager – Elise Pout
Senior Complaints Service Adviser – Hazel Thompson
Resolution Team Advisers
- Jayne Harpe
- Melissa Wright
- Rebecca Buchan
- Emma Ivey
- Rob Cooney
- Christopher Lister
Strategic contracting and treasury management
The PCC is responsible for the management and oversight of strategic partnership agreements. This includes contracts worth more than £8.3m a year.
Agreements include Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts and outsourcing. Contracts deliver a range of services including Custody Management and Custody Medical Services.
The PCC is responsible for day-to-day governance of grant funding and facilitates decisions on grant applications.
Funding enables the PCC to commission services., which support the objectives in the Police and Crime Plan. Funding includes contracts for victim support and activities to divert members of the community away from crime.
In addition, the PCC gives grants to a range of organisations involved in community safety. To date, the Community Safety initiatives Fund has supported more than 100 local projects.
Strategic Contracts and Governance Manager – Amanda Wilkinson
Partnership and funded roles
E-CINS is an information-sharing system funded by the PCC.
It acts as a central information hub for a range of agencies, who work to reduce crime and support victims.
Previously, partner agencies held information on separate systems and shared knowledge at face-to-face meetings.
E-CINS gives case workers rapid access to reports. It enables them to hold virtual meetings, share information and make decisions quickly. This cuts down delays and avoids duplication of work.
A fixed-term role has been created to develop use of the programme across Cleveland Police and partner organisations. The post is funded by partners who use the system.
ECINS Project Manager (fixed-term) – Denise Holian
Cleveland and Durham Local Criminal Justice roles
Cleveland and Durham Local Criminal Justice Partnership (LCJP) brings together agencies working in criminal justice. It also delivers services for victims and offenders.
Partners have agreed this 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 supports the delivery of the Local Criminal Justice Partnership Plan. They work on behalf of OPCCs for Cleveland and Durham. Staff are employed by Durham OPCVC and funded by criminal justice partners.
Criminal Justice Performance Analyst – Rebecca Steen