The police force that ‘abandoned the town to criminals’: Cleveland Police becomes Britain’s first to be rated ‘inadequate’
- Cleveland police rated ‘inadequate’ for its ability to reduce crime, protect public
- A report effectively placed the force into special measures
- Chief constable & crime commissioner to be hauled before national board
- If no progress is made, Home Secretary Sajid Javid could be asked to intervene
A police force that was accused of abandoning a town’s streets has become the first to be branded ‘inadequate’ after it failed an inspection in all key areas.
Cleveland Police was rated inadequate in terms of its ability to reduce crime, protect the public and operate efficiently.
A report, by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, effectively placed the force into special measures. The chief constable and police and crime commissioner will now be hauled before a national board to ensure ‘critical improvements’ are made.
In November last year it was accused of abandoning the streets of Hartlepool (pictured) after the town, which has a population of 90,000, was left with only ten officers on duty at a time
If no progress is made, Home Secretary Sajid Javid could be asked to intervene. The force, which covers part of the North East including the towns of Hartlepool, Redcar, Stockton-on-Tees and Middlesbrough, has been dogged by scandal in recent years and has had six chief constables in almost as many years.
In November last year it was accused of abandoning the streets of Hartlepool after the town, which has a population of 90,000, was left with only ten officers on duty at a time.
If no progress is made, Home Secretary Sajid Javid (pictured) could be asked to intervene
Residents grouped together to patrol their neighbourhoods after a series of thefts and burglaries were ignored by police.
HM Inspector of Constabulary Phil Gormley said Cleveland was a ‘failing force’ where there had been ‘significant’ deterioration in the past two years. It is the only one of 15 forces the body has inspected recently that has been rated inadequate in all areas.
Chief Constable Richard Lewis, who took over in April, said he accepted the report’s findings and was putting measures in place to tackle the problems. ‘I ask our communities to be patient with us as we implement these changes,’ he added.