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.
HMICFRS 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.