The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has issued strategic direction to the Chief Constable of Cleveland Police.
This action follows Richard Lewis’ appointment as Chief Constable on 29 April 2019.
The PCC’s Police & Crime Plan sets out the overall plan for policing and crime; and the PCC’s expectations of the part Cleveland Police has to play in achieving those objectives. The objectives are:
- A Better Deal for Victims & Witnesses
- Investing in Our Police
- Tackling Offending & Reoffending
- Working Together to Make Cleveland Safer
- Securing the Future of Our Communities
To achieve those objectives, Cleveland Police must be an organisation which:
- Understands police demand;
- Plans ahead to ensure that resources and skills are in place and deployed efficiently to respond to that demand now and in the future;
- Sets clear priorities, ensuring that the Force
- Acts both to prevent and to investigate incidents and crime effectively;
- Understands the individual needs of and provides support for all victims;
- Understands and addresses vulnerability;
- Understands and engages with its communities
- Treats people fairly, ethically and lawfully.
- Has effective tactical and strategic working relationships with partners
There has been a lot of progress in recent years in areas like standards reform, organisation development and approaches to equality, diversity and human rights. However, there is considerable room for improvement.
The strategic direction set by the PCC is as follows:
- Chief Constable’s Strategic Assessment. The Chief Constable sets out his assessment of the current state of Cleveland Police as an employer, organisation and service provider in a number of areas and reports to the PCC
- Joint Commissioning. The Chief Constable commits with the PCC to the delivery of the 60-day strategic assessment and key programmes to support improvement
- Decision-making, scrutiny and holding to Account. The PCC and the Chief Constable commit to public scrutiny and to confirm areas for improvement, recognise best practice and demonstrates value for money to the public.
The PCC expects Cleveland Police to make the best use of the resources.