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HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMICFRS) issued a damning report rating Cleveland Police “inadequate” and raising “serious concerns” about public safety and ethics.
Inspector Phil Gormley said he was “extremely concerned about the performance of Cleveland Police in keeping people safe and reducing crime”.
“The force doesn’t have an adequate understanding of what the public expects of its police service,”
Cleveland Police, which covers areas including Middlesbrough and Hartlepool, has been plagued by a series of scandals and seen six chief constables in as many years.
Hartlepool has only ten officers for a population of 90,000 people