Cleveland’s PCC Seeks Views of Rural Community

Farmers and those living in rural areas are being given the chance to quiz Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, during an online web chat this week.

The “Ask Your Commissioner” event takes place between 6pm and 8pm on Thursday 24th October and is being hosted on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website (

It focuses specifically on rural communities as part of the Commissioner’s objective to develop neighbourhood policing and provide the best service for all areas.

Much of the work already being undertaken within rural areas will be showcased at a Regional Rural Crime Conference which is being hosted by Barry Coppinger in conjunction with Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg.

The conference is to be held at Gisborough hall on Monday 11th November, and anyone wishing to attend should contact or call Inspector Dan Maddison on 01642 302030.

Barry Coppinger said: “We have recognised that the needs of rural communities can be very different to those of urban areas and are taking proactive measures to ensure that we develop a tailored policing service which serves all of our communities.

We have dedicated Rural Liaison Officers in each of our four Local Policing Areas, and have developed the Farmwatch scheme to provide crime prevention information and advice for the farming community but I am keen to hear the views of people living in rural areas to understand how we can better meet their policing needs. The webchat will give people the opportunity to express their views in advance of the conference and highlight any issues which they feel the police need to be tackling.”

If you would like to submit a question prior to the event, please email or tweet your question to @Cleveland_PCC.

The live webpage can be found at the following link: