Cleveland appoints acting PCC until May 2021 elections

Cleveland’s Acting Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has made a commitment to maintain progress to improve policing and community safety in Cleveland. Cleveland Police and Crime Panel appointed Lisa Oldroyd (left) to the role of PCC on 15 September. Lisa Oldroyd is currently the Assistant Chief Executive of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC). Former PCC Barry Coppinger relinquished the role earlier this month, after seven years in the post.

Due to emergency COVID-19 legislation, an election to replace Mr Coppinger cannot take place and national rules state that a temporary replacement must be appointed from within the existing OPCC team.

An election for a new Police and Crime Commissioner is now due to take place in May 2021.

Mrs Oldroyd has over 18 years of experience working in crime and community safety settings, including leading the development, delivery and performance management of community safety policies in local government. She has worked for the OPCC since 2017, leading on Crime, Offending and Justice matters across Cleveland and Durham, before taking on the role of Assistant Chief Executive in June 2020.

Supported by colleagues within the OPCC, Mrs Oldroyd will provide politically neutral stewardship until the PCC election in May 2021.

Mrs Oldroyd said, “I’m grateful to the panel for considering my suitability for the role, which I will now take on as part of an overall team approach by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. My focus for next eight months is to steward the key responsibilities of the PCC role and supportively scrutinise the Chief Constable of Cleveland Police as he progresses the force’s journey of improvement. The OPCC will continue its work supporting victims, reducing offending and being responsive to the views of all of our communities.

“Having played a key role in helping to develop the latest Police and Crime Plan, it is natural that I am enthusiastic about working to deliver its objectives on behalf of Cleveland residents.”