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Cleveland Police outline response to inspection findings

Alert message sent 27/09/2019 08:53:00

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Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has graded Cleveland Police as ‘inadequate’ across all three inspection areas (effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy).

Chief Constable Richard Lewis said:
“This report echoes my initial assessment of the organisation and it will act as a line in the sand for Cleveland Police. Improvements have already been made and I take full responsibility for driving through the changes that are so obviously needed. 

“In the five months I’ve been here I have met some exceptional police officers and staff, at all levels, and have seen lives saved and vulnerable people protected by the efforts and determination of front line officers.

“However, I know this is never the full picture of an organisation and through my own observations, speaking to people in our communities and local leaders and with the insight given by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, I am well aware that we are not at the level we need to be.

“There are some basic but crucial areas in which we need to make urgent improvements. We have already started to make the rapid and decisive improvements necessary to become a more public service focused organisation with prevention at its heart.

“We have been focused on reactive policing to the detriment of prevention. This focus is changing and our prevention activities will be driven through our Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPT) which we are re-establishing.

“We have already started, through campaigns such as Operation Phoenix, to change how we work and how we support our communities. I have also appointed a new chief officer team; a Deputy Chief Constable and two Assistant Chief Constables external to Cleveland Police.

They will assist greatly in making the improvements necessary and I know that with their help, the support of our communities and our partner agencies, we will deliver outstanding policing for the people of Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.
 
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Amy Ridden (Police, Corporate Comms, Cleveland)

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