Role of 2 x Council Funded Middlesbrough Town Centre Police Officer's

Jonathan Davis made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Cleveland Police

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Dear Cleveland Police,

What is the role, scope and purpose of the 2 x Middlesbrough Council Funded Police Officer's currently assigned to Middlesbrough Town Centre?

Is it true to say that they have a 'criteria' for deciding when to arrest someone who has committed a crime for example a prolific shoplifter?

If they have a 'criteria' what is this exactly?

What is the policy for attending and dealing with detained shoplifters?

Yours faithfully,

Jonathan Davis

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Mr Davis,

Enquiry Ref: 12489/2020

I write in connection with your request for information dated 29th December 2020 and received by this office on 29th December 2020. Below are the questions raised in your request and all of the information we have been able to retrieve.

What is the role, scope and purpose of the 2 x Middlesbrough Council Funded Police Officer's currently assigned to Middlesbrough Town Centre?
a) Following enquiries with the Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Policing Team Chief Inspector we can advise that the role of the funded officers is a combination of high visibility patrols, engaging with stores, shoppers and residents to provide support and to prevent crime. To deal with prolific offenders of shoplifting, vehicle crime, beggar’s, those engaging in ASB and burglary.
There is some information in the public domain on this subject via the below links:
https://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2020-...
https://www.police.uk/pu/your-area/cleve...
Is it true to say that they have a 'criteria' for deciding when to arrest someone who has committed a crime for example a prolific shoplifter?
If they have a 'criteria' what is this exactly?
a) No information held however we can advise that powers to arrest and detain are not governed by the role the officer carries out but rather by PACE. There is information in the public domain by way of explanation of police powers of arrest both via The Police and Criminal evidence Act 1984 legislation and the College of Policing APP.
https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/198...
https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-co...

What is the policy for attending and dealing with detained shoplifters?
a) There is currently no force policy so our response is no information held.

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Ms E McGuigan
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Directorate of Standards and Ethics
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