Your chance to question police chief on crime issues

People are being given the chance to put their questions directly to police chiefs about issues like drugs, police numbers and protecting the vulnerable.

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 5:08 pm
Updated Friday, 27th December 2019, 12:34 am
Cleveland County Police Commissioner Barry Coppinger. Picture by FRANK REID
Cleveland County Police Commissioner Barry Coppinger. Picture by FRANK REID

Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Barry Coppinger will be taking questions from residents to include in his monthly scrutiny meetings with Chief Constable Richard Lewis and his senior policing team.

As PCC, Mr Coppinger is responsible for holding Cleveland Police to account on behalf of the public, by ensuring the Chief Constable delivers an efficient and effective policing service.

Mr Coppinger said: “As part of my community engagement work, I regularly hear the concerns and worries of the public about crime and safety in their area. My office also handles correspondence and complaints directly from residents.

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“Earlier this year I made a commitment to increase public participation in the scrutiny and accountability processes I conduct on their behalf, to ensure their worries and concerns are put directly to those leading Cleveland Police.

“Whilst we cannot guarantee that every question submitted will be used, this is a fantastic opportunity for the public to support me and play their own part in shining a light on Cleveland Police’s improvement plans.”

The PCC’s next scrutiny meeting will take place on Monday January 16 and will focus on how to prevent young people becoming involved in crime.

Questions must be submitted by Monday January 6 and can be submitted on the PCC’s website – – or aimailed to [email protected]