Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Run Police as a Business

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Run Police as a Business

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THE Police and Crime commissioner Mr Coppinger would have the Cleveland tax payers believe that a reduction in government funding will require frontline police jobs to be cut unless a council tax hike of PS12 per house hold is imposed thought the area. (Force Faces cuts, The Gazette 28.12.17).

Mr Coppinger would do well to apologise to every tax payer in the county for the abysmal mismanagement of Cleveland police that embarrasses the county by losing repeated claims against it which drains the working capital they are awarded year on year.

He should then revisit the PS657,000 they have paid for land at Hemlington on which they are having built a new PS20,000,000 headquarters, which in turn will be serviced by a PS459,000 access road from Stainton.

I would suggest he looks at the circumstances leading up to the PS457,000 awarded to PC Saddique, the PS500,000 paid out for the wrongful arrest of a local solicitor and the reported PS1,000,000 legal fees, the PS841,000 paid out to PC Sultan Alam, the PS470,000 award to a legal action by crime suspects, the PS185,000 award to Inspector Michael Wall, Sergeant Waseem Khan, PC Sharday Malik, and PC Paul Brown, the undisclosed settlement to Mr Mark Dias and the list goes on.

He should then consider the performance of Chief Constable Sean Price who was fired for gross misconduct and who received a PS500,000 payment (reportedly signed off by Mr Coppinger himself) and also Operation Sacristy which cost the tax payers PS5,000,000 and achieved not one single prosecution - I could go on.

Public services (Cleveland Police) need to be run as a business i.e. providing a professional service to the public at a realistic cost rather than an organisation where its top ranks are paid salaries and pensions that could never be justified in the private sector and who produce substandard management to both its rank and file officers and ratepayers alike. …

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