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CLEVELAND’S new police and crime commissioner is urging people to join him in planning the way forward for policing in the area.

Barry Coppinger wants people to give their views on the draft Police and Crime Plan for 2013 to 2016, which sets out the priorities for policing and how they will be delivered.

Officials say there will be an opportunity for people to give their views on the content of the plan.

The draft plan is based on the commissioner’s five key election pledges:

● Retaining and developing neighbourhood policing;

● Ensuring a better deal for victims and witnesses;

● Diverting people from reoffending with a focus on rehabilitation and the prevention of reoffending;

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

● Working for better industrial and community relations.

Mr Coppinger said: “Producing the Police and Crime Plan is one of my key responsibilities and what is important is that, as well as reflecting the priorities on which I was elected, it takes into account the views of all parts of the community and most importantly the public whom I and the force serve.

“We are required to complete the plan by the end of March and I hope that as many people as possible will be prepared to make a contribution to setting out the blueprint.”

The deadline for comments is Monday, January 21.

People can email their comments and request a printed version of the draft plan summary at PCC@cleveland.pnn.police.uk.

Information on the draft plan is available on the Commissioner’s website www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk