|Logo of the Northumbria Police.|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||Police area of Northumberland & Tyne and Wear, UK|
|Map of Northumbria Police's jurisdiction.|
|Sworn members||3,957 (3,672 regular officers and 285 special constables)|
|Unsworn members||1,777 (1,524 police staff and 235 PCSOs)|
|Police and Crime Commissioner responsible||Vera Baird, (L)|
|Agency executive||Sue Sim, Chief Constable|
|* Police area agency: Prescribed geographic area in the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
Northumbria Police is the sixth largest police force in England and Wales with 3,704 police officers, 1,544 police staff, 323 special constables and 247 police community support officers (as of 1 April 2013). The force headquarters are nominally located in Ponteland, Northumberland – the site being a former teacher training campus. However, significant numbers of functions have been dispersed to various locations throughout the force area as part of plans to reduce costs. The current Chief Constable is Sue Sim who was appointed by Northumbria Police Authority on 20 April 2011. and former chief constables include Sir Stanley Bailey (1975–1991); John Stevens, Baron Stevens of Kirkwhelpington (1991–1996); Crispian Strachan CBE (1998–2005) and Mike Craik (2005–2010).
Northumbria is Home Office force 10.
The force was formed in 1974 and was a merger of the old Northumberland Constabulary along 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 the late 1960s, with the Berwick-upon-Tweed police having been merged into Northumberland in 1921.
Under proposals made by the Home Secretary on 6 February 2006, it would merge with Cleveland Police and Durham Constabulary to form a single strategic police force for the 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 have since been dropped nationwide.
In July 2010, Raoul Moat targeted Northumbria Police officers after release from Durham Prison. A manhunt was started by Northumbria Police with assistance from Durham Police, Cleveland Police, Cumbria Police, West Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Police and Humberside Police. As the situation developed over a period days more support was made available with the Metropolitan Police sending 40 firearms officers, most specialised in the use of sniper rifles. Also, the Police Service of Northern Ireland sent 20 armoured Mitsubishi Shoguns to help in the search on rough terrain in Northumberland.
- Chief Constable – Sue Sim
- Deputy Chief Constable – Steve Ashman
- Assistant Chief Constable – Jo Farrell
- Temporary Assistant Chief Constable – Gary Calvert
- Assistant Chief Officer – Bernie McArdle
Northumbria Police is currently divided into six Area Commands with numerous stations within:
|AA||Sunderland||Gillbridge, Houghton le Spring, Farringdon, Southwick, Washington||covering the local council area of Sunderland|
|BB||South Tyneside||South Shields||covering the local council of South Tyneside|
|CC||Gateshead||Gateshead, Whickham||covering the local council area of Gateshead|
|DD||North Tyneside||North Shields, Whitley Bay, Forest Hall, Wallsend||covering the local council of North Tyneside|
|EE||Newcastle||Newcastle Pilgrim Street, Etal Lane, Clifford Street, Westgate Road||covering the local council area of Newcastle upon Tyne|
|FF||Northumberland||Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth, Cramlington, Alnwick, Berwick, Prudhoe, Hexham, Morpeth||covering the local council area of Northumberland|
It has been announced in January 2014 that the force will reduce the number of area commands from six to three. The new area commands will be as follows:
- North - covering the local authority areas of Northumberland and North Tyneside.
- Central - covering the local authority areas of Newcastle and Gateshead.
- South - covering the local authority areas of Sunderland and South Tyneside.
At present it is unknown where the area command headquarters will be located, what their area identifiers will be or the members of the area command leadership teams.
Northumbria Police has numerous teams dedicated to neighbourhood policing attached to the area commands as the table below outlines:
|Identifier||Area Command||Neighbourhood Policing Teams|
|AA||Sunderland||Houghton; Sunderland Central; Sunderland East; Sunderland North; Sunderland South; Sunderland West;
|BB||South Tyneside||East Shields, Cleadon and Whitburn; Jarrow and Hebburn; West Shields and Riverside|
|CC||Gateshead||Central Gateshead; East Gateshead; South Gateshead; Inner West Gateshead; Metro Centre Gateshead; Outer West
|DD||North Tyneside||North Shields; Whitley Bay; Killingworth; Wallsend|
|EE||Newcastle||Newcastle North West; Newcastle North; Newcastle West; Newcastle City; Newcastle East; Newcastle East Riverside|
|FF||Northumberland||Bedlington; Blyth; Cramlington; Ashington; Morpeth; Alnwick; Berwick; West Tynedale; East Tynedale|
There are two central communication centres:
- Northern Communication Centre (NCC) which deals with all stations and commands North of the Tyne, based at Force HQ in Ponteland.
- Southern Communication Centre (SCC) which deals with all stations and commands South of the Tyne, based at South Shields.
Officers killed in the line of duty
The Police Memorial Trust lists and commemorates all British police officers killed in the line of duty, and since its establishment in 1984 has erected over 38 memorials to some of those officers.
Since 1900, the following officers of Northumbria Police and its predecessors are listed by the Trust as having been killed while attempting to prevent, stop or solve a criminal act:
- PC George Bertram Mussell KPM, 1913 (shot)
- Sgt Andrew Barton, 1913 (shot)
- PC George William Wheatley, 1957 (fell from roof while searching for a suspect)
- PC Brian Armstrong, 1966 (stabbed)
- PC Daniel Buckley, 1982 (fell through roof while pursuing a burglar)
- PC Bernard Leslie Bull, 1991 (collapsed and died during an arrest)
- Sgt William Forth, 1993 (stabbed)
- PC Joseph Geoffrey Carroll, 2006 (the prisoner he was transporting caused the vehicle to crash, fatally injuring the officer)
- Merging of the forces (accessed 1 Feb '07)
- Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland – merged together (accessed 1 Feb '07)
- Opinions of the forces on the future merge (accessed 1 Feb '07)
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/10536881.stm (Accessed on 7/7/10)
- Northumbria Police: Designated Police Stations – Page 1 of 1
- List of police forces in the United Kingdom
- 2010 Northumbria Police manhunt
- Policing in the United Kingdom