Top policewoman in one of the worst rated British troops, who landed on fake celebrities in a new reality show
- Lisa Theaker is the first serving officer to lead a team of investigators on Hunted
- Next month, he will appear in the celebrity series for the first time
- “Refugees” will include former Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas and Ollie Locke-Locke
- Despite using her holiday allowance to attend the show, the decision to include Ms. Theaker in the program angered some
As a top police officer in one of the worst-ranked British troops, most people could expect Lisa Theaker to dedicate her time to capturing real criminals.
But an assistant police chief in Cleveland caused horror after it became clear that he would soon be catching fake celebrity “fraudsters” on a reality TV show.
Ms. Theaker is the first serving officer to lead a team of investigators in the successful Channel 4 Hunted program, in which contestants try to escape capture for several days. Previous series were led by retired detectives.
He will appear for the first time next month on a celebrity show featuring former Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas, drag queen The Vivienne and Ollie Locke-Locke of Made In Chelsea.
Ms. Theaker, who is filmed as an insult in the program, used her holiday allowance to participate. However, this decision angered some, especially as the unit sought to improve its reputation after a series of scandals and a convicting inspection in 2019.
New role: Lisa Theaker
In September of the same year, Cleveland became the first unit in England and Wales to be assessed by the police watchdog as insufficient in all areas of performance – which in fact introduced special measures. Mrs. Theaker was appointed Chief of Staff to lead the response to the watchdog’s findings.
And it wasn’t until last week that Cleveland was named the largest crime site in England and Wales, with more crimes per capita than anywhere else.
Joan McTigue, a councilor in Middlesbrough, accused Ms. Theaker of “mocking power.” She added: “The force has a terrible name all over the country and what it has decided to do can only get worse.”
Ms. Theaker said she donated her celebrity edition fee to Stand Up To Cancer, another charity dedicated to helping young women in the Tees Valley.
She told The Sunday Telegraph that she had decided to take part in “representing the Northeast and raising women’s voices, two things that will excite me.”
She added: “I want to show talent to the police. It is no secret that the Cleveland police were controlled and were in fact considered an inadequate force. But in fact, there are some really great people here, especially women who are now in higher positions. ”
It was only last week that Cleveland was named the largest crime site in England and Wales, with more crimes per capita than anywhere else. Pictured: Cleveland Police Headquarters