Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The British Policing System Must Have the Confidence of the Communities It Serves

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The British Policing System Must Have the Confidence of the Communities It Serves

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Byline: Mike Underwood

Police authority chief hails poll

that says No to one force

I do not believe that, on the basis of the findings of this survey, it is possible for anyone to argue that moving to a single North-east force, stretching from the Scottish Border to the North York Moors, would enjoy anything like adequate public support

- Dave McLuckie, Cleveland Police Authority chairman

THE PEOPLE of Cleveland and County Durham today screamed a resounding "no" to a regional police superforce, according to a new survey.

An independent Mori poll, commissioned by Cleveland Police Authority for pounds 10,500, has revealed almost 90pc of those quizzed preferred no change to policing.

Almost three quarters then threw their weight behind a Tees Valley 'city region' force as a back-up option, with only 20pc in favour of a regional police force.

The Ipsos Mori poll quizzed 2,400 people at random - 200 men and women from 12 local authority areas throughout Cleveland and County Durham.

They were asked to choose their preferred and back-up option on how policing should be structured in the North-east.

The overall results revealed:

* 87pc wanted no change as either their first or second option - with 70pc first option and 17pc second option

* almost 78pc wanted two forces (Tees Valley and Tyne and Wear City Region forces) - 18pc first option and 60pc second

* 20pc wanted to see a regional "superforce" - 8pc first option and 12pc second option

* 15pc had no preference.

The majority of those quizzed in County Durham were also opposed to a regional "superforce".

On average, 68.25pc of County Durham residents preferred no change with an average of 58.5pc choosing the creation of two city region forces as their second choice.

Dave McLuckie, Cleveland Police Authority chairman, welcomed the results of the survey.

"What is striking is that, while there is some variation in the figures across different council areas, the fact is that the order of preference remains the same - with retaining three forces first, creating two forces second and a single regional force third," he said. …

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