21/03/2016

£1.5million pledged to boost neighbourhood policing in Cleveland

Around £1.5million of investment is to be ploughed into neighbourhood policing in Cleveland, in a move that will lead to the creation of 40 new jobs for the area.

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The new roles will be implemented over the next two years and include an additional 7 police constables, 23 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and 10 police staff roles.

A number of PCSO roles will be focused on problem solving and working with specific members of the community. Examples include:

• A PCSO dedicated to working with the business community to reduce crime
• A PCSO responsible for supporting engagement and problem solving with asylum seekers and inward immigration
• A PCSO responsible for developing student engagement and reducing vulnerability
• A PCSO responsible for Improving awareness and engagement in respect of Hate Crime

The boost comes after Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger agreed a package of enhancements put forward by Temporary Chief Constable Iain Spittal in what the chief police officer describes as ‘the next phase of neighbourhood policing.’

The additional money has been made available as a result of stringent financial planning, to ensure that Cleveland Police provides an efficient and cost effective service. Changes to contracts with private sector providers, collaboration with other services, and various other cost-cutting measures have all been part of this plan.

The extra resources will benefit the communities most in need, so that vulnerable people are protected from serious harm, and there is further investment in reducing antisocial behaviour.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “My commitment has always been to retain and develop neighbourhood policing as it is the cornerstone of the work that we do.

“I am active in the local community and residents tell me that they value the dedication and hard work of our local police officers. The nature of crime is changing, and we must adapt to keep people safe.”

Temporary Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “I’m pleased that the Police and Crime Commissioner has agreed with my proposals. Other senior officers across the country have spoken about the possibility of removing neighbourhood policing all together, but in Cleveland we have made a firm commitment to securing our frontline.

“This is fantastic news for our communities and will help to strengthen our intelligence gathering and work to protect our most vulnerable people.”