POLITICIANS have reacted to the information that Chief Constable Richard Lewis is leaving Cleveland Police to return to his native Wales.
The 4 Conservative MPs whose constituencies are coated by Cleveland Police have issued a joint assertion upon listening to information of his departure.
Mr Lewis took over the power in 2019 when it was in chaos.
It had been rocked by numerous scandals, together with the illegal grabbing of phone knowledge of two reporters from The Northern Echo.
He’s favorite to take over at Dyfed-Powys Police Drive in Wales means the power is searching for its seventh boss in a decade.
Simon Clarke MP (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland), Jill Mortimer MP (Hartlepool), Matt Vickers MP (Stockton South) and Jacob Younger MP (Redcar), mentioned: “When Richard took up his place at Cleveland, years of inadequacy from the native management had left the power labelled the worst within the nation. Underneath Richard’s management, essential progress has been made and the way forward for Cleveland Police is wanting a lot brighter.
“Richard is transferring again house to Wales to take up a Chief Constable place nearer to his household.
“And so, whereas we want Richard properly in his new put up, there isn’t a denying he leaves massive footwear to fill right here. That is clearly one other tough scenario for Cleveland Police which now as soon as once more faces a interval of uncertainty whereas we await a brand new appointment.”
Andy McDonald, Labour MP for Middlesbrough, mentioned: “The duty is now to discover a alternative of equal stature and to take care of the drive for enchancment. Mr Lewis’s innate integrity, his wholehearted dedication to the enforcement of the legislation and the safety of the general public in accordance with ideas of decency, respect and inclusivity, make him an extremely exhausting act to comply with.”
Alex Cunningham, Labour MP for Stockton North mentioned: “That is additionally a significant blow to the brand new PCC to lose a extremely competent Chief Constable inside weeks of taking workplace and he now has a significant activity in recruiting a brand new particular person of equal and even greater calibre to proceed the constructive work we’ve seen over the past two years.
“We desperately want a prime particular person for the position – and one that may keep long run to sort out not simply medicine crime but additionally a lot of the violent crime which has soared in our space in latest occasions.”
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