Community Engagement during Covid-19
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC,) has not been able to attend community meetings and events as normal over the past few months.
This situation is likely to continue due to the need to observe social distancing and other Government guidance to stop the spread of Coronavirus.
However, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner remains committed to hearing from residents throughout Cleveland, as part of the Your Force Your Voice community engagement programme
The programme gives residents a chance to raise their concerns and worries with the PCC.
Complete the form to raise your Community Concern
During the pandemic, criminals have targeted people using a series of scams related to fears around COVID-19.
Our partner agencies offer help, advice and support on how to identify scams and keep yourself safe online. They are:
If you think you have been a victim of crime, contact Cleveland Police on 111 or, in an emergency, 999.
Consultation and Research
The PCC has led on 2 major consultations about crime and policing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Rural Crime Survey
- Policing Covid-19: Public experiences and perceptions during the lockdown (with Teesside University.)
1: Policing Covid-19: Public experiences and perceptions during the lockdown.
The Coronavirus Act 2020 granted the Government emergency powers to handle the pandemic. This included the power to limit or suspend public gatherings, detain those suspected of being infected with Covid-19 and to intervene and relax regulations, if necessary.
Researchers from the University’s Centre for Social Innovation worked with the Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) to measure the public response to policing during Covid-19.
Research found that the majority of people in Cleveland believe the police have done a good job during the pandemic.
However, most respondents said they would like to see a greater police presence in their area.
2: The Rural Crime Survey
The survey on rural crime during the COVID-19 – and how Cleveland Police were tackling it – was undertaken by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner at the height of the pandemic.
In the survey, Cleveland’s rural residents said they felt more at-risk and isolated during Covid-19.
Respondents said they felt crime and anti-social behaviour had increased during the pandemic with 61% of the 169 respondents saying their concerns over community safety had increased. The main issues for rural communities were:
- Fly tipping (highlighted as a problem by 58% of respondents)
- Anti-social behaviour (47%)
- Deliberate fire starting (38%)
- Off-road vehicles (37%)
- Theft of property (33%)