12/04/2017

Cleveland Police Praised by National Police Watchdog

Cleveland Police has been praised by a national watchdog in its annual review of policing in England and Wales.

The annual report by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary highlights Cleveland Police’s recent ‘Good’ rating alongside inspections reports from other forces across the country.

The report, which grades the force as ‘Good’ overall, highlights areas of good practice as well as areas which need improvement.

Michael Cunningham, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, explained: “I am pleased with the progress that Cleveland Police has made since last year, and I am satisfied with most aspects of the force’s overall performance. However, there are still some areas that the force needs to improve to provide a consistently good service.

“Cleveland Police now has an effective approach to preventing crime and antisocial behaviour, investigating crime and supporting victims. It is also effective in tackling serious and organised crime.

“The force has made considerable progress in how it deals with vulnerable victims. It has changed its structures and processes, and established its first children’s safeguarding hub, which it runs with other organisations.”

The report from the police watchdog found that:

• Cleveland Police is good at keeping people safe and reducing crime.
• Neighbourhood teams have a good understanding of their local area and the public can have confidence that local policing is effective.
• Cleveland Police has an effective approach to problem solving.
• The force is good at preventing crime and antisocial behaviour.
• Cleveland Police is good at investigating crime and is thorough in its assessment of calls requiring assistance.
• Cleveland Police is good at tackling serious and organised crime.
• Cleveland Police should make further improvements to protect some vulnerable people

Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “I welcome this report which shows the immense progress we have made since 2015. We’re good at keeping people safe and reducing crime, good at preventing crime and antisocial behaviour and good at assessing calls for service.

“This rating is testament to the hard work of our hundreds of employees who often risk their own lives to save others. I’m sure they will be proud of the work they continue to do to protect our communities.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “This report reassures me that Cleveland Police is on the right track and highlights improvements made in neighbourhood policing and other high priority areas.

“I’m pleased to see key priorities of my Police and Crime Plan, such as strong partnership working and crime prevention have been recognised by HMIC. By continuing to visit local community groups, I will ensure the Force is delivering a good service for the people of Cleveland and effectively reflecting their needs.

“Cleveland Police is one of the most improved Forces in the country and I will continue to make sure we do all we can to build upon that success.”