Police and Crime Commissioner's decision on contract

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has made the decision not to extend, beyond its 10 year term, a private sector contract to provide services to Cleveland Police.

The contract, with Sopra Steria, is due to naturally end in 2020. Cleveland Police is now entering a period of due diligence as it assesses how it collaborates, operates and performs more effectively in the future and plans its operational delivery when the contract comes to an end in 2020.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “We began our partnership with Sopra Steria nearly a decade ago. Our partnership responded effectively to the prevailing financial environment at that time which focused on introducing private sector expertise within the public sector to drive down cost and attract investment.

“Sopra Steria has been a good partner, adapting to change and assisting the force to meet its financial challenges.

“Nearly 10 years on, Cleveland Police has evolved as an organisation and the public sector climate has changed. The focus today is very much on collaboration between Blue Light and other public sector services wherever possible. 

“Having made the decision not to extend the contract, following extensive deliberation and in consultation with the Force, I will now be looking for the best solution for the future which supports the priorities within my Police and Crime Plan.”

The contract currently sees Sopra Steria providing Cleveland Police with a range of services including HR functions, Estates, Learning and Development, Control Room functions and ICT.

Chief Constable Mike Veale said: “It will be business as usual during this period of due diligence. I will be working closely with the Police and Crime Commissioner to ensure that our enabling service functions continue to support operational policing as effectively as possible.”