Police and Crime Panel


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The Police and Crime Panel oversees the work of the Police and Crime Comissioner.

Information about the work of the panel and meeting agendas and minutes can be found below:


The Police and Crime Panel is made up of:

  • Cllr Tony Riordan - Stockton-on-Tees (Chair)
  • Cllr Graham Cutler - Redcar and Cleveland (Vice-Chair)
  • Cllr Norma Stephenson - Stockton-on-Tees
  • Cllr Steve Walmsley - Stockton-on-Tees
  • Cllr Steve Nelson -Stockton-on-Tees
  • Cllr Chris Jones - Redcar and Cleveland
  • Cllr Barrie Cooper - Middlesbrough
  • Cllr Matthew Storey - Middlesbrough
  • Cllr Lee Cartwright - Hartlepool
  • Cllr Vera Rider - Redcar and Cleveland
  • Cllr Dave Hunter - Hartlepool
  • Mayor Andy Preston - Middlesbrough

Public Participation

Members of the public may ask questions at the Police & Crime Panel in line with the process detailed in 'Public Participation at meetings'.


The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) role

Barry Coppinger is Cleveland’s first elected Police and Crime Commissioner, he took office in November 2012. The PCC:

  • Represents the interests of local communities
  • Holds the Chief Constable to account for police performance
  • Sets the priorities for the Force and prepares the Police and Crime Plan
  • Appoints (and dismisses if necessary) the Chief Constable
  • Sets the Police budget and the part of council tax that goes to policing
  • Works with other agencies and partners to improve public safety
  • Commissions police and crime services.

Visit the Police and Crime Commissioner website for further information.


Complaints about the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC)

The Police and Crime Panel is responsible for dealing with complaints about the conduct of the PCC. The following documentation is available if you wish to submit a complaint regarding the conduct of the PCC.


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