A review of the structure of the force and its estate is currently being undertaken.
This is in response to the financial challenges faced by Cleveland Police as a result of Government funding cuts. It is also to ensure that the best service possible is delivered in the most efficient and effective way
Following approval of the Estate Strategy, there are expected to be a number of opportunities to reduce the physical estate from which Cleveland Police operates. This will maximise the use of owned assets with a view to making savings on leased properties.
A section of the Professional Standards service is based at 6a Evolution House, which is a leased property. The lease expires in 2020.
The team are going re-locate to Ladgate Lane alongside the rest of the Professional Standards Department. The service provided from Evolution House was not public-facing.
The Estates team has negotiated an early lease surrender and sourced a third party, who was interested in leasing the space over a longer term than the current lease exit date for the force.
Realising the commercial benefits, the landlord agreed to early surrender. This also included reduction on submitted dilapidations costs.
The Estates team consulted fully with the Head of Professional Standards and the Force Information Security Manager to ensure full compliance. That will allow the team and its work to maintain confidentiality.
There are operational benefits to the consolidation of the PSD teams in Ladgate Lane. The move also delivers savings and is consistent with the Estates Strategy.