Annual report presented

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CLEVELAND’S police and crime commissioner has presented his annual report to a new police and crime panel.

The report outlines the progress made since Barry Coppinger was elected in November last year against the five strategic objectives set down in the Police and Crime Plan.

Those objectives are:

l Retain and develop neighbourhood policing;

l Ensure a better deal for victims and witnesses;

l Divert people from offending, with a focus on rehabilitation and the prevention of re-offending;

l Develop better co-ordination, communication and partnership between agencies to make the best use of resources;

l Working for better industrial and community relations.

Mr Coppinger said: “While the report covers the period since my election, it also sets the scene for what is to come in the future.

“There have been a number of significant events since November including the appointment of a new Chief Constable, signalling a new era for Cleveland Police, establishing a performance framework in which the Force needs to operate to deliver my strategic objectives and setting down accountability arrangements with the Chief Officer team.

“Equally as important, I have launched my website which gives members of the public the chance to scrutinise my decisions, budget and meetings, along with many other aspects of the office to ensure total transparency.

“There has been significant progress made against the strategic objectives, including the launch of the Your Force Your Voice programme, which has involved over 50 visits to local communities as well as local businesses, schools and colleges.

“I have also introduced a Community Safety Awards scheme, the first of which is being held in July.”

Mr Coppinger said he has also established a Victims’ Strategic Planning Group and is supporting a number of Cleveland Police’s initiatives including the restorative justice initiative.

He said he is also holding the force to account to ensure it is delivering the best service possible to residents in Cleveland.