Great leaders plant trees under whose shade they will never sit

Recent weeks at Cleveland Police have been characterised by a series of letters addressed to me as Chief Constable from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Service (HMICFRS) detailing our impressive progress. We’ve received a separate letter for each Cause of Concern raised by HMICFRS in their 2019 report and I’m delighted toContinue reading “Great leaders plant trees under whose shade they will never sit”

Exam results time!

It’s that time of year again where school pupils receive their grades for A-Levels and GCSEs in what has been the most challenging of years. It caused me to look back through my own records of (under) achievement! Those of a certain vintage will remember these booklets issued to school pupils in England and Wales.Continue reading “Exam results time!”

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”

‘The Red Lion’

If social media companies were pubs, they’d be closed for running a disorderly house. They need to do a great deal more to protect users from hate and bullying. Recent weeks have seen sports clubs use a 7-day social media boycott to highlight the abuse received by players which was again brought to light byContinue reading “‘The Red Lion’”


This week, we told people about the five new PCSOs that will be joining the Neighbourhood Policing Team at Redcar and Cleveland, which is part of the renewed plan that I launched to strengthen neighbourhood policing. Often, people online will respond to this news by telling us that they don’t see police officers walking alongContinue reading “Snapshot”


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