PCC Barry Coppinger reveals policing plan for Cleveland

Barry Coppinger
Image caption Barry Coppinger is a former member of the Cleveland Police Authority

Cleveland's police and crime commissioner (PCC) wants the force to move to a "cheaper" headquarters.

Barry Coppinger says the current base at Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough, is too expensive to run.

"I would like to see us operating in a smaller new-build premises which would be a lot cheaper," he said, at the launch of his first police and crime plan.

The PCC has outlined five priorities including neighbourhood policing.

Mr Coppinger said the force's current headquarters "cost an awful lot to run".

Victim support

In 2011 Middlesbrough Council's planning committee said it was "minded to approve" an application to demolish the Ladgate Lane site and build 375 homes.

The site was described as "not fit for purpose" by the former police authority and the land was marketed to housing developers.

A multi-million pound move to Hemlington Grange, also in Middlesbrough, had been considered by the police authority but Mr Coppinger has previously said those plans were drawn up in a very different financial climate.

The Labour PCC has pledged neighbourhood policing will remain "at the heart" of everything the force does.

His plan also focuses on support for victims and witnesses, rehabilitation of offenders, improved communication and industrial relations.

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