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Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police is a geographically small force with a mix of densely populated areas with high levels of deprivation and some more affluent or rural areas. Several of the wards within its boundaries are among the most deprived in the country. The force covers the four unitary authority areas of Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Michael Cunningham is HMI for Cleveland
  • HMIC region: The constabulary is in HMIC’s Northern region

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PEEL Assessment

This is HMIC’s second assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with which Cleveland Police keeps people safe and reduces crime. PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) gives you information about how your local police force is performing in several important areas. It does this in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year-on-year.

The extent to which Cleveland Police is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime requires improvement.

The extent to which Cleveland Police is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime requires improvement.

The extent to which Cleveland Police is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime requires improvement.

This year, for the first time, we have assessed the leadership across the force at every level. The assessment has led to a narrative rather than graded judgment, which is summarised below.

Read more about my assessment of Cleveland Police’s performance this year, including where I would like to see improvements next year.

Find out more about your force's annual assessment

HMIC’s role in inspecting this force

HMIC independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence. We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

Inspections in Cleveland

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.


Key facts

Force Area

230 square miles


0.56m people 1% local 10 yr change


84% frontline 78% national level
2.9 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
37% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.07 per person 0.05 national level
Local 5 year trend (no change) National 5 year trend (no change)


63p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Cleveland PCC

Barry Coppinger

Cleveland Police


Chief Constable Iain Spittal, appointed in
April 2013

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