Police chief backs changes which will mean fewer bobbies on beat in Hartlepool

Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger.
Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger.

Police commissioner Barry Coppinger has backed a major shake-up of Cleveland Police which will reduce the level of neighbourhood officers.

Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner supported the transformation announced by the force this week which will see greater focus and resources on tackling growing crimes that take place behind closed door against vulnerable people.

They include children being sexually exploited, internet fraud and domestic abuse.

Mr Coppinger said: “If it was your daughter, your wife, your niece or whatever, you would expect them to be treated as a priority and I think we would agree they should be a priority.

“Police also get drawn into a lot of incidents where there are mental health issues.”
Regarding the relocation of 20 neighbourhood police officers across the force, Mr Coppinger added: “The important thing is that an assessment is made about where police resources are needed and are the areas that get more intensive support.”