Tackling Violence

Here on Teesside the contours of inequality are laid bare by a long-term problem which has afflicted our communities for generations; the many ugly faces of violence. Using nationally recognised data, Cleveland’s violence rates are the second highest in the country and have been consistently high for generations. This is not a problem that IContinue reading “Tackling Violence”

An Open Letter to our Special Constables and Volunteers

Actions speak louder than words, don’t they? In a year when pulling together meant staying apart, you answered more of a calling than a call for help when you were needed most. As members of the Special Constabulary and Volunteers, you do not get paid for the vital service you deliver which makes what youContinue reading “An Open Letter to our Special Constables and Volunteers”

Deep water and the real signs of change

This week marks two years since I started as the Chief Constable of Cleveland Police and so it feels like an appropriate time to reflect on how far we’ve come. On the 29th April 2019 when I first looked out of the office window in Hemlington, this was the sign I saw: I can smileContinue reading “Deep water and the real signs of change”

Saving Lives – A real story

** Please note some names have been changed in this blog to protect identity ** Sophie from Middlesbrough was in the midst of a crisis that she felt was too much to bear. She had sought help from a number of different agencies, but she felt she didn’t have anywhere to turn during her hardestContinue reading “Saving Lives – A real story”

Covid Anniversary

This past week has been a national opportunity to reflect on the anniversary of the first ‘lockdown’ and the way our lives have been changed due to covid-19. New phrases have entered the national consciousness; ‘social distancing’, ‘self-isolate’ and ‘anti-vax’ and have largely replaced ‘hug’, ‘meet’ and ‘socialise’. During this timely national reflection, many movingContinue reading “Covid Anniversary”