This week, Cleveland Police is joining other forces across the country in celebrating Response Officers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe.
Response Policing Week runs from Monday 26th June to Sunday 2nd July and shines a spotlight on the work of Response Officers to highlight the vital role they play in protecting the public.
It is being led by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and supported by the College of Policing and national police wellbeing service Oscar Kilo as well as local police forces.
When a member of the public dials 999, a Response Officer is usually the first face they will see as they look to establish what has happened and protect those at risk of harm.
Our Response Officers never know what situations they’ll be faced with when they come into work each day and deal with a wide range of complex and often confrontational incidents.
They could be called to anything from an armed robbery and violent assault to a domestic abuse incident or a concern for welfare.
Superintendent Martin Hopps, Cleveland Police’s Tactical Lead for Response Policing said: “Our Response Officers are often the first and only contact that many people will ever have with the police during times of crisis or life-threatening emergencies.
“They have to use their professionalism to diffuse often confrontational situations as well as show the utmost compassion in extremely distressing circumstances.
“While this week celebrates the dedication of Response Officers and acknowledges the challenges they face, their job is 24/7 and we’re grateful every day of the year for all of their hard work.”
Assistant Chief Constable, David Felton, said: “Our Response Officers are a critical part of Cleveland Police and work tirelessly to protect the public and keep communities safe.
“It is an extremely rewarding role, although dealing with some of the most challenging incidents day in and day out can be physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding.
“I would like to thank all our Response Officers on the frontline for helping our communities when they need it most. Their bravery and resilience are extremely commendable.”
Cleveland Police will be highlighting the fantastic work of our response colleagues and speaking to those on the frontline throughout the week. Look out for more information on our website and social media pages.