New Chief Commits to Protecting the Vulnerable

Cleveland Police’s new Chief Constable Richard Lewis has committed himself to protecting the most vulnerable in Teesside’s communities and making a real difference in people’s lives.

Richard took office on Saturday 27th April having served as a police officer with Dyfed Powys Police since 2000. In his first week as Chief Constable of Cleveland Police he has asked officers and staff to remember why they, like him, joined the police service.

“We are here to serve the most vulnerable in our communities – they need us,” said Richard. “We must demand the best of each other. I chose to work at Cleveland Police for some of the same reasons other officers did; to work with those communities that need outstanding public services more than most. There is no better police service to join than Cleveland if you want to make a difference to people’s lives.

“My role, and that of all our officers and staff, is to focus on the needs of our communities. I have committed to spending as much time as possible with communities, partners and front line staff to make sure we do all we can to make lives better.”

Richard has also committed to improving the welfare and care of officers and staff stating that “better wellbeing for our staff translates to a better service to the public.”

“There are officers and staff working in this area the equal of people I’ve worked with elsewhere in this country and internationally. That confidence in our ability is something I need to build as a Chief Constable,” he continued.

“I have already seen a determined commitment across Cleveland Police to making positive change and this will be the foundation on which we will build an outstanding public service and a confident, forward looking, workforce.”