Cleveland police praised for making tough cuts by HMIC

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CLEVELAND Police has made good progress in meeting its financial challenge, according to a national report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

The report recognises that the force faces a larger financial challenge than other forces, and has been through a significant period of change.

It cites the force as working hard to deliver savings and minimise any potential negative impact on service delivery and performance.

It also recognises the work Cleveland Police has done to protect front-line posts while reducing officer numbers and police staff numbers by using Regulation A19, outsourcing a number of business support areas to its strategic partner Steria and holding some vacancies.

The report also describes how staff associations and the Police Federation cite the relationship with the new chief constable as excellent, in terms of the strong levels of consultation and engagement during the change programme.

Cleveland Police Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer said: “I’m pleased that the HMIC recognises the incredible amount of work that has taken place to meet the savings required by the comprehensive spending review.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to all our officers, staff and partner staff for their efforts in rising to this challenge during a particularly tough time for the force.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “I welcome the HMIC report which puts Cleveland Police in a good position to achieve the savings required. I am pleased that the force is clear that there are further financial challenges ahead and recognises that difficult decisions will have to be made about how money is spent.

“While I will continue to hold the chief constable to account for performance to ensure that the public of Cleveland gets the service it deserves, it is clear that the force is really starting to move forwards under Jacqui Cheer’s leadership.”