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27 Sep 2019

Cleveland first police force to be branded ‘failing’

Senior Home Affairs Correspondent

It’s become the first police force in the country to be declared failing. Tonight Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner has apologised but says he won’t resign.

Barry Coppinger says he’ll stand for re-election, despite an independent inspection report finding Cleveland Police inadequate in virtually every area.

As well as questioning the ethical conduct of some senior officers, the report notes that the Chief Constable was being given untrustworthy information.