The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) works closely with a range of partners. We do this to deliver the objectives of the Police and Crime Plan.
Sometimes, this involves the joint funding of specialist roles. On other occasions, it means working with partners towards our shared goals.
Corporate Services with Cleveland Police
The following staff deliver a range of services for both Cleveland Police and the OPCC with 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 its uses resources. As a result, they can hold the Chief Constable to account for police performance.
An Independent Custody Visitors scheme, commissioned by the PCC, makes sure people in custody are fairly treated. It also deals with any complaints and concerns.
From February 2020, the OPCC has taken responsibility for reviewing appeals about complaints handled by Cleveland Police.
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. 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. She facilitates decisions on grant applications.
Funding enables the PCC to commission services. These support the objectives in the Police and Crime Plan. Funding has included contracts to deliver victim support and activities to divert members of the community away from crime.
The PCC also 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
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)
Launched in 2017, equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is a joint commitment by Cleveland Police and the OPCC.
The initiative came after the PCC told Cleveland Police to improve the way it works as an employer and serves Cleveland’s communities.
Following the force’s HMICFRS inspection in 2019, the OPCC re-affirmed its commitment to EDI. The OPCC recruited a team to deliver Cleveland Police’s EDI strategy and drive work on cultural and organisational change.
The EDI team is:
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 and funded roles
E-CINS is an information-sharing system funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner.
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
Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
A Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) is an information-sharing and risk management meeting, focussing on victims.
Key agencies attend MARAC conferences. High risk domestic abuse cases are discussed at conferences. MARAC facilitates, monitors and evaluates effective information-sharing. This enables all involved to improve public safety.
It is good practice to have an Independent Chair. This post is funded by the key agencies who make up MARAC. The chair:
- Oversees and provides governance at meetings;
- Takes an objective view of cases;
- Leads on the risk summary;
- Coordinates safety planning;
- Ensures MARAC complies with operating protocol;
- Makes sure MARAC has robust, accountable and transparent processes.
Independent MARAC Chair – Lynsey Eglington (part-time)