Preparations for police commissioner going well

PREPARATIONS for Cleveland’s first elected Police and Crime Commissioner are “progressing well”, a report has found.

The report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary also found that “police authority members are to be commended for their continuing commitment and professionalism” in planning for the transition.

The HMIC inspection into how all police authorities in England and Wales are preparing for the transition to commissioners following elections in November concludes that the Cleveland Authority is putting in place detailed plans for managing the handover.

It says that the authority has ensured that there are sufficient staff to support the commissioner and is working closely with partners throughout the transition process.

The authority is developing an information pack as well as pulling together a range of options for the commissioner to consider in areas such as governance, accountability and decision-making.

The HMIC says: “Cleveland has a clear transition plan which appears to be progressing well and is being managed through an established transition board. This includes both police authority and force representatives and ensures a good balance of knowledge, skills and experience. Partners have also been kept well informed.”

Police authority chairman Stuart Drummond said: “It is pleasing to have such a positive and supportive message from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate on the very considerable effort which the authority, the force and our many partners are putting in to ensure a seamless handover to the commissioner with an organisation that is fit for purpose.”