|Motto||Proud to protect|
|Legal personality||Police force|
|Operations jurisdiction|| Newcastle upon Tyne |
City of Sunderland
|Map of Northumbria Police's jurisdiction.|
|Headquarters||Middle Engine Lane, Wallsend, Tyne & Wear, NE28 9NT|
|Police Officers||3,280 (including 125 Special Constables)|
|Police staff and PCSOs||1,853 (1,649 police staff and 204 PCSOs)|
|Police and Crime Commissioner responsible|
Northumbria Police is a territorial police force in North East England responsible for policing the metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear (comprised of the metropolitan boroughs of Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and the City of Sunderland), as well as the ceremonial county of Northumberland. The service has responsibility for law enforcement on the Tyne and Wear Metro within Newcastle upon Tyne, whilst British Transport Police cover the remainder of the Metro network.
In terms of police officer numbers, Northumbria Police is the ninth largest police force in England and Wales. As of March 2020 [update] , it has 3,155 police officers, 125 special constables, 204 police community support officers and 1,649 police staff. The force is also the ninth largest force in terms of geographic area of responsibility of the 43 territorial forces of England and Wales. The force headquarters are located at Middle Engine lane in Wallsend, North Tyneside. However, significant numbers of functions have been dispersed to various locations throughout the force area as part of plans to reduce costs, with the stated intention of operating without a traditional headquarters function. As of February 2018 [update] , the chief constable is Winton Keenen.
There force has two inter-operable communication centres:
The force was formed in 1974 by merging the Northumberland Constabulary with part of the Durham Constabulary. The police forces for the county boroughs of South Shields, Gateshead, Sunderland, Newcastle upon Tyne and Tynemouth had already been amalgamated into their respective county forces in 1969, with the Berwick-upon-Tweed police having been merged into Northumberland County Constabulary in 1921.
Fugitive Raoul Moat was pursued in the 2010 Northumbria Police manhunt. Moat targeted Northumbria Police officers after his release from HM Prison Durham. A historic manhunt was initiated by Northumbria Police, calling upon mutual aid assistance from the armed response units of other police forces in support of Northumbria's armed officers.The Metropolitan Police deployed 40 firearms officers to Northumbria Police, most of whom were specialised in the use of sniper rifles. Notably, the Police Service of Northern Ireland dispatched 20 specialist off-road armoured vehicles to help in the search on rough terrain in Northumberland.
In January 2014, Northumbria Police launched Operation Sanctuary to investigate sexual abuse gangs targeting vulnerable young white girls.In June 2014 the operation had identified 80 victims and the number of arrests had reached 104.
In May 2016, details emerged of an affair between former Chief Constable Mike Craik and then Assistant Chief Constable Carolyn Peacock. Peacock's husband – also then a serving police officer – found out about the affair at a barbecue, and attacked Craik. Officers from Northumbria Police were called to the incident, which was later removed from all police logs on order of the chief constable, and legally banned from reporting in the courts. The legal bans were lifted, after the former head of legal sued the force for unfair dismissal.
Under proposals made by the Home Secretary on 6 February 2006, Northumbria was to merge with Cleveland Police and Durham Constabulary to form a single strategic police force for North East England. Both Northumbria and Durham favoured this proposal, while Cleveland expressed a wish that it be merged with the southern area of the Durham force.All proposals regarding force mergers were subsequently dropped nationwide.
Northumbria Police has faced budget cuts of 23% since 2010, higher than any other police force in England and Wales. Former chief constable, Steve Ashman expressed fears Northumbria police could soon be unable to provide an adequate service. Ashman said, "If the day of not being able to provide a professional service was here, I would say. It is not here, but it is getting very, very close." Northumbria police received £259.6 million for the year 2017–18 which is up slightly from £259.5M in 2016–17. This small rise is insufficient to compensate for inflation currently at just under 3% per year. Northumbria police experienced a funding cut in real terms. Most Northumbrian police stations now close at 8.00 pm or earlier, and people needing the police after that time must use the telephone or an interactive service.
As of October 2020 [update] , the chief officer team consists of the following:
The Police Roll of Honour Trust and Police Memorial Trust list and commemorate all British police officers killed in the line of duty. Since its establishment in 1984, the Police Memorial Trust has erected 50 memorials nationally to some of those officers.
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