Police Response to COVID-19
Chief Constable Richard Lewis leads Cleveland Police’s response to Covid-19.
The police response includes enforcing new powers granted by the Government to make sure everyone observes social distancing.
Cleveland Police posts regular updates on the following :
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has regular briefings with Cleveland Police. She meets weekly with the Chief Constable to:
- Have updates on what’s happening in the force;
- Discuss communications;
- Identify areas, where the Chief Constable may need support;
- Scrutinise what the force is doing.
As some-one, who commissions and provides services, the PCC and her Chief Executive have close links with the Local Resilience Forum.
The Forum is a multi-agency partnership made up of representatives from public services, including the emergency services, local authorities, the NHS, the Environment Agency and others.
During the pandemic, the Chief Constable has chaired the regional and Cleveland-wide Strategic Command Group. The Group is made up of agencies responding to the crisis.
The PCC and her Chief Executive receive briefings from the Chief Constable immediately after each meeting. The PCC puts questions to the Chief Constable and raises any pressing issues.
Questions cover a range of issues, including policing, PCC-funded services, known/potential public concerns and initiatives, on which the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner can lead.
Video Meetings with the Chief Constable
Despite social distancing rules and working from home, the PCC is committed to ensuring that scrutiny of Cleveland Police continues.
She wants make sure the right thing is being done during the crisis – and to re-assure the public of that.
The PCC has conducted a number of video meetings with Chief Constable Richard Lewis to raise issues around the Covid-19 crisis. The public posed a number of the questions, which were put to Mr Lewis.
Video scrutiny meetings can be viewed from the following dates:
Put YOUR questions to Chief Constable Richard Lewis
The PCC is currently unable to undertake face-to-face consultations or attend community meetings due to the pandemic.
However, the PCC would like to continue to collect community concerns and put them to Cleveland Police.
As part of this process, the PCC would like to invite members of the public to ask questions, which she can put to the Chief Constable. Questions may relate to the police response to COVID-19 – or any other area of policing.
Questions should focus on policing. Health or medical-related questions around COVID-19 should be directed to NHS 111 online service.
Questions cannot be accepted on:
- Ongoing complaints against the police;
- Specific ongoing investigations involving yourself.
Questions can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Video meetings with Chief Constable
Video Q&A sessions with other criminal justice partners
A key responsibility of the PCC is to build strong and successful partnerships with a range of organisations across in the areas of criminal justice, victim and witness support and community safety.
During the Covid-19 crisis, the PCC believes it is important that she seeks assurances from partners on a range of issues on behalf of Cleveland residents.
She has conducted video Q&A sessions with key partners to showcase wider scrutiny during the pandemic.