Cleveland Police Commissioner: Services must collaborate to survive cuts

Barry Coppinger speaking at the launch of the Hartlepool restore Project
Barry Coppinger speaking at the launch of the Hartlepool restore Project

CLEVELAND’S Police and Crime Commissioner says blue light services must look to collaborate in order to survive the Government’s relentless budget cuts.

PCC Barry Coppinger has outlined the importance of agencies working together as one of six key priorities in his new Police and Crime Plan.

The concise five page blueprint sets out 34 specific actions for the force in the next 12 months.

Mr Coppinger has pledged to develop a number of key areas including the pre-custody Street Triage project, develop a commissioning strategy to focus on services for victims and increase the number of volunteer Special Constables to 200.

Mr Coppinger said: “My Police and Crime Plan will not sit on the shelf gathering dust; it’s a working document which has people at its heart and is shaped by communities.

“These are challenging times and severe budgets cuts mean the loss of service and staff across the board.

“I am committed to Cleveland Police as a standalone force, but if we can identify areas of collaboration we not only make our teams stronger but can make the best use of our resources across Teesside.

“Officers, staff and partners have done an excellent job in difficult circumstances and I look forward to working alongside them in protecting neighbourhood policing, supporting victims and reducing reoffending.”

The Police and Crime Plan details work carried out by Mr Coppinger over the last year including hosting the force’s first Criminal Justice Volunteers’ Fair, launching the Property Act Fund to support community projects, rolling out a Cleveland wide screening model to engage with young people entering custody and developing a regional strategy with regional PCCs to tackle violence against women and girls.