Cleveland Police have confirmed that the disbanding of the force's mounted section will continue as planned.
Dave McLuckie, the former chairman of Cleveland Police Authority, has been sentenced to eight months for perverting the course of justice
A report by a group of MPs is calling for a police code of ethics and says officers guilty of misconduct should have pensions cut
The Chief Constable of Cleveland Police is warning that additional spending cuts will force her staff to grade non-emergency police calls in order of their importance.
The Teesside service has already slashed £15 million from its budget but has since discovered it must make an extra £5 million of enforced savings over the next two years.
It means front line officers are facing redundancy.
Rachel Bullock reports.
Jacqui Cheer, Chief Constable of Cleveland Police.
Police & Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Barry Coppinger has questioned why decisions about Cleveland are being made in London.
Cleveland Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer has said that finding the £4.8m savings required is difficult and that jobs will be lost.
58 police officers in Cleveland could lose their jobs as part of budget cuts and 50 civilian staff could also go. The force must save another £4.8m over the next two years.
In order to do this, voluntary redundancy and early retirement will be introduced. 280 officers have already lost their jobs.
Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, and the Force, have outlined their financial plans. The Force has had to make savings of £15.1m. After a review, additional savings of £4.8m must be made. This means voluntary redundancy and early retirement.
Measures put in place to make those savings:
- Police officer recruitment freeze
- Loss of over 300 police officers
- Outsourcing business support
- Reducing expenses
- Use of a more flexible model
– Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Barry Coppinger
"The Force is now in a position where it really is going down to the minimum number of people it needs to deliver policing in Cleveland.
“This is exacerbated by the cuts underway in other areas of the public sector which have a direct influence on levels of crime and disorder, and on the demand for policing services.
“This concerns me greatly and it’s time to say to the current government ‘enough is enough’. We are now cut to the bone and this cannot be allowed to continue."
– Chief Constable of Cleveland Police Jacqui Cheer
“I do not underestimate the impact our plans will have on individuals, but given the scale of the savings we have to make, regrettably, we have no other option but to downsize.”
A former Cleveland Police Officer has been found guilty of multiple counts of rape and assault - in a string of crimes that lasted many years.
Wayne Scott abused a child and raped two women, one of whom said she was scared to report it because he was a police officer.
The attacks happened while he was off-duty, but ITV News Tyne Tees has learned that there are as many as 11 alleged victims, some of whom say he sexually assaulted them while on duty as an officer.
Dan Ashby reports.
Det Sgt John Tapper
"I’m pleased with the outcome given today. Wayne Scott is a sexual predator who has been a disgrace to the office of constable and deserves to be behind bars.
"Scott was arrested in August 2011 following on-duty allegations and subsequently suspended and dismissed. Our objective since has been to discover whether his behaviour was more widespread and to protect the public from him. That objective has now been achieved.
"The offences for which Scott has been convicted of today occurred off-duty but as a police officer he knew better than most the severity of his crimes. He was a disgrace to the disgrace to his uniform and there can be no place for people like him in the police service.
– Detective Superintendent Peter McPhillips
“I want to pay tribute to his victims for their strength and courage in going through the court process and helping us to achieve this result. I hope it sends a positive message to victims of sexual abuse that we will listen to them and support them in bringing people to justice – regardless of the perpetrator’s profession or standing.
“I would appeal to anyone who believes that they may have been a victim of Wayne Scott to come forward by calling officers on the dedicated number 01642 302286 or on the non-emergency number 101.”