Cleveland police ordered to record part of complaint

Cleveland police Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer.
Cleveland police Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer.

Cleveland Police has been ordered by the national watchdog to record parts of a complaint it had rejected.

A member of the public had made a complaint, part of which reportedly alleges that an official statement filed as part of a court case by Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer contained false information.

Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger refused to consider the complaint, which he described as ‘vexatious.’

But now the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has partially upheld the complaint and ordered the force and Mr Coppinger’s office to record it.

An IPCC spokesman confirmed the body had instructed the two organisations to take action.

“In July 2015 the IPCC received an appeal against a decision made by Cleveland Police and the Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) not to record a complaint relating to a number of police officers including the Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer,” he said.

“Following an assessment, we have partially upheld the appeal, directing Cleveland Police and the OPCC to record some elements of the original complaint.”

A spokesman for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Cleveland Police said the two organisations were considering the ruling.

“We can confirm the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Cleveland Police have been directed to record several complaints which were initially considered to be vexatious.

“We are considering the IPCC’s decision.

“There are no investigations into these complaints at the present time.”