Barry Coppinger's Commitments for Cleveland in 2016 / 2017
Police & Crime Commissioner for Cleveland
Cleveland Police Headquarters, Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough, TS8 9EH
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Please find below my commitment for Cleveland in 2016 / 2017
Investing in Police
Your PCC will:
- Enable the Force to invest around £2 million in protecting vulnerable people and will support the Chief Constable in seeing this into effect.
- Continue to invest in local policing with a costed £1.5 million two-year plan to further proactively tackle crime through prevention activities.
- Support Neighbourhood Policing & Community Support Officers - a commitment to funding for neighbourhood policing, which includes funding for PCSO's.
- Refresh and launch a Police Volunteer Programme. I will also encourage Special Constable applications.
- Further develop the Police Cadets Programme and promote their positive work.
- Continue to recruit and support apprenticeships.
- Ensure retention of our Living Wage Foundation accreditation.
- Provide further support for vulnerable groups including students, businesses, asylum seekers and the rural community.
- Ensure police officers and staff have the resources and technology to properly investigate crime and bring offenders to justice.
- Review of our current strategic partnership contracts with Tascor in 2017 and Sopra Steria in 2020.
- Support the further development of agile working practices.
- Implement our Estates Strategy which includes the building of a new Community Safety Hub in Hemlington to replace the Police HQ at Ladgate Lane.
- Jointly establish a new approach to the way complaints and professional standards are handled by the organisation, including expanding the role of the PCC's office in police complaints handling.
- Working with the Chief Constable to review and develop the Professional Standards Department ensuring that we have the best model possible.
A Better Deal for Victims
Your PCC will:
- Deliver a comprehensive Victim Care and Advice Service through a £600,000 contract with Safe in Tees Valley from April 2016.
- Further develop Restorative Cleveland and raise awareness of restorative approach opportunities amongst victims.
- Continue to develop and monitor the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy by:
- Supporting victims of Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage and Femail Genital Mutilation
- Create a Cleveland wide Independent Sexual Violence Advisory Service
- Provide a better offer for male victims of rape and domestic abuse
- Promoting Domestic and Sexual Abuse Champions in the workplace
- Ensuring vulnerable victims are able to access video facilities to give evidence outside of court buildings
- Raising awareness and proactively seek intelligence of human trafficking and modern day slavery activities
- Understand the commissioning landscape for Child Sexual Exploitation to ensure the most vulnerable receive the best possible support
- Continuing to support the Rape Scrutiny Panel to scrutinise case files and look for lessons to learn.
- Monitor the impact of Operation Encompass - an initiative to provide support to young victims of Domestic Abuse via their school and the development of multi-agency Children's Safeguarding Hubs.
- Support Clinical Commissioning Groups and health partners in developing digital care records to enable early identification of domestic abuse.
- Develop pathways for victims and witnesses through the criminal justice process and look to address any gaps in services.
- Research into victimisation of older people and fraud awareness provision fro vulnerable members of the community and their families / carers.
- Work with NHS England to enhance the services provided by the Sexual Assault Referral Centre.
- Raise awareness of all strands of hate crime and improve the understanding of how to report.
- Work in partnership to take Hate Crime, including raising awareness, improving reporting and support.
Your PCC will:
- Take responsibility for criminal justice through the Cleveland and Durham Local Criminal Justice Board working with criminal justice partners to deliver a joined-up and integrated service, accountable to me and key professional advisors.
- Support the review of the Cleveland and Durham Criminal Justice Board.
- Establish a Multi-Agency Cleveland-wide Reducing Re-Offending Group.
- Work with the prison services, supporting them through the impact of the changing status of Holme House Prison and Kirklevington Grange.
- Work with both the National Probation Service and Durham Tees Valley Community Rehabilitation Company to support them through the effects of probation reform.
- Work with the Youth Offending Service to review the triage service delivered to Young People and support the Youth Offending Team through the changes to youth justice reform.
- Ensure offenders have the opportunity to participate in restorative justice through the Integrated Offender Management Hub.
- Create a multi-agency prevention strategy for Sexual Violence.
Working Together to Make Cleveland Safer
Your PCC will:
- Enage in effective collaboration and co-working with councils, community groups, the fire service, housing, education and health to deliver value for money and efficient services to Cleveland.
- Work with the new combined authority and Tees Valley Mayor following the elections in 2017.
- Continue to deliver the Evolve Programme - a collaboration with Durham and North Yorkshire (including dog section, major crime and legal services).
- Continue to support the North East Region Serious Organised Crime Unit - a noth east Force Collaboration.
- Continue to represent Cleveland at the National Police Air Service Board.
- Support the Chief Constable - Seven Force Collaboration (No 2 Region) in meeting the Strategic Policing requirements.
- Further developing our use of ECINS (a multi-agency tool designed to improve information sharing across services) including use of the system supporting our Troubled Families.
- Further establish and develop Safeguarding Children Hubs - a local authorities collaboration.
- Working in support of a Tees-wide Local Alcohol Action Area Partnership in tackling the blight caused by excessive alcohol consumption.
- Support the Rural Crime Forum in encouraging reporting and preventing rural crime.
- Support the Road Safety Partnership in reducing incidents on our local road networks.
- Develop a volunteer programme and arrange the annual Cleveland wide Criminal Justice Volunteer Fair in partnership with Teesside University.
Securing the Future of Our Communities
Your PCC will:
- Continue with the Your Force Your Voice initiative, a personal commitment for the PCC to engage with local communities in the 76 Cleveland wards.
- Continue to support local community safety projects and will work with communities to draw up new plans for 2016 and beyond.
- Work with schools to prevent offending and victimisation. This will include delivery of a programme designed to challenge racism, extremism and radicalisation. Show Racism the Red Card will enable citizens to familiarise themselves with the causes and consequences of racism.
- Continue to lobby for a revised funding formula for the benefit of Cleveland.
- Work with the Ministry of Justice and Home Office on the devolution of funding for victim and witness based services to provide better support locally.
- Work in partnership with Teesside University to develop an evidence based practice approach.