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New Chief and Force Praised in Report by National Watchdog

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The new Chief Constable of Cleveland, Mike Veale, has been singled out for praise for his leadership skills in a national report by the police watchdog.

And Cleveland Police is also praised for its defence of neighbourhood policing and innovative approach to apprenticeships.

The report ‘Police Leadership 2017’ by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services highlights Mike Veale’s inspirational approach to force values.

It describes how under Mr Veale’s leadership, Wiltshire Police sees treating people fairly and with respect as a fundamental part of the force’s expressed values. In support of this, Mr Veale regularly meets officers and staff to reinforce these values, drawing on his own experiences to do so.

The report states: “Officers and staff have praised these events and have described the use of the force values as important in their contact with the public. Their positive description of the force’s values reinforces how well established and understood they are.”

The report also cites Cleveland Police as an example of a force looking to free up officers for problem-solving activities – notably in protecting Neighbourhood Policing.

Using the force as an example of good practice, the report states: “following a review of the force neighbourhood model in 2016, Cleveland Police has made significant changes to its deployment processes to reduce abstractions from neighbourhood duties.” 

The report also uses Cleveland as a positive example of a force adopting an apprenticeship framework for training people in police staff roles. 

Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “For Cleveland Police to be flagged up twice in a national policing report as an example of best practice demonstrates what good shape the force is in – and that’s down to the unstinting efforts of officers and staff at all levels. 

“I’m also delighted that the inspirational leadership of our new Chief Constable, Mike Veale, has been recognised. Treating people fairly and with respect is a central part of the ‘Everyone Matters’ strategy that the leadership team in Cleveland has implemented over the past year. It’s clear from this report that Mike Veale is well placed to lead and progress further this innovative work.”  

The full report can be viewed at

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