Top Cleveland Police cop is set to retire from role next year

Jacqui Cheer, Chief Constable of Cleveland Police.
Jacqui Cheer, Chief Constable of Cleveland Police.
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Cleveland Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer is to retire from policing after 32 years’ service when her current contract ends next March.

As the top officer for Cleveland, she has faced and dealt with a number of difficult challenges since becoming Temporary Chief Constable in 2011 and taking a permanent role in April 2013.

Until March 2016, I’ll continue to work with the same enthusiasm as if it was my first day at Cleveland Police, but when I do retire, I’m confident that I’ll leave a police force which has moved forward from the mistakes of the past and has communities at the heart.

Cleveland Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer

She says some of her proudest moments are steering the organisation through the impact of Operation Sacristy, facing and dealing with the backlog of coroner’s inquests, and leading the force during a time of austerity and budget constraints.

She said: “It has always been my intention to leave the service in 2016 after my contract ends, and I was very open about it when I took the position at Cleveland Police. I joined the service when officers retired after thirty years’ and after thirty-two; I feel it’s time to move on.

“I’m extremely proud of what we have achieved at Cleveland Police in restructuring the force to meet the challenges of financial constraint. I fear that my successor will have more difficult times ahead in maintaining a strong position on front-line cuts and managing the increasing levels of demand on policing.

“Operation Sacristy shone the light on a negative culture within the force from the top down, and while at times it’s been turbulent, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the work to tackle these issues and instil a culture of challenge within the organisation. The chief officer team are dedicated to building on this work for the future.

“Until March 2016, I’ll continue to work with the same enthusiasm as if it was my first day at Cleveland Police, but when I do retire, I’m confident that I’ll leave a police force which has moved forward from the mistakes of the past and has communities at the heart.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “Jacqui has been a huge asset to the police service and has been an inspiring, transformational leader for Cleveland Police.”

She began her career in 1984 as a police constable for Essex Police.