30th September 2019

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary has rated Cleveland Police inadequate across all areas.  Cleveland Police is the first Force in England and Wales to be rated as such.

The Inspectorate referred to many examples of high ranking Officers and staff “not acting with honesty, integrity and competence”.

The Inspectorate also referred to inadequate steps by the Force to identify corruption. Further criticism included crime prevention not being treated as a priority.

The Inspector stated that the Force’s shortcomings are “putting the public at risk”.

It is understood the Force’s Assistant Chief Constable, Adrian Roberts remains suspended after being arrested in April 2019 on suspicion of gross misconduct.  The Force has not made public the allegations against him.

Cleveland Police’s Chief Constable, Richard Lewis is reported as stating the Inspectors’ report is “entirely accurate”.

Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger who has been in post since 2012 is responsible for holding Cleveland Police to account for their performance.  He has again rejected calls for his resignation.

Our Specialist Team of Lawyers pursue cases throughout the country for the failings of various Police Forces.  If you have a complaint against a Police Force contact either Richard Hardy, Andrew Freckleton or Katy Stephenson.