Cumbria Constabulary

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Cumbria Constabulary
Agency overview
Preceding agencies
Annual budget£94 million[1]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionCumbria, England, UK
England Police Forces (Cumbria).svg
Map of police area
Size2,268 square miles (5,870 km2)
Legal jurisdictionEngland & Wales
Governing bodyHome Office
Constituting instrument
General nature
HeadquartersCarleton Hall, Penrith

Police Community Support Officers99
Police and Crime Commissioner responsible
Agency executive
Territorial Police AreasNorth, South and West
Patrol carsCumbria Constabulary Ford Focus

Cumbria Constabulary Ford Transit

Cumbria Constabulary XC70 & v70

Cumbria Constabulary is the territorial police force in England covering Cumbria. As of September 2017, the force had 1,108 police officers, 535 police staff, 93 police community support officers, 25 designated officers and 86 special constables.[3] In terms of officer numbers, it is the 7th smallest of the 48 police forces of the United Kingdom. Conversley, its geographic area of responsibility is the 7th largest police area of a territorial police force in the United Kingdom (when including Police Scotland and the Police Service of Northern Ireland). The force area's size and its population of just under 500,000 people makes it sparsely populated. The only major urban areas are Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness.

There are significant areas of isolated and rural community, and the county has one of the smallest visible minority ethnic populations in the country at under 3.0%. Each year Cumbria, which incorporates the Lake District National Park, attracts over 23 million visitors from all over the world (46 times the local population). The county has 67 miles (108 km) of motorway and some 700 miles (1,100 km) of trunk and primary roads.

The Chief Constable is Michelle Skeer.[4] The headquarters of the force are at Carleton Hall, Penrith.


In terms of operational policing the force is divided into two commands - the Territorial Policing Command and the Crime Command, each headed by a Chief Superintendent.[5]

Territorial Policing Command[edit]

This command is further divided into three geographic Territorial Policing Areas (TPAs) to cover the county, an operational support section and a command and control section. Each TPA is led by a Superintendent and is further divided into districts and then teams for the purposes of neighbourhood policing. The major elements of the Territorial Policing Command are as follows:

North Territorial Policing Area[edit]

Responsible for neighbourhood and response policing across the following geographic areas:

South Territorial Policing Area[edit]

Responsible for neighbourhood and response policing across the following geographic areas:

West Territorial Policing Area[edit]

Responsible for neighbourhood and response policing across the following geographic areas

Operational Support[edit]

Within this section are force wide units which support the TPAs or units from the Crime Command, or provide a specialist service:

  • Roads Policing
  • Firearms
  • Dog section
  • PSG
  • Civil Contingencies
  • Collision Investigation
  • Firearms Licensing
  • Safety Camera/CTO

Command & Control[edit]

Within this section is the Command and Control Room (dispatch), including the Force Incident Manager (FIM) and the call taking centre.

Crime Command[edit]

This command is responsible for significant investigations and is predominently staffed by detectives. The command is divided as follows:

  • Intelligence
    • Force Intelligence Bureau
    • Intelligence Analysis
    • Area Intelligence Units
  • Operations
    • Public Protection Units
    • CID Volume Crimes
    • Force Major Investigations
    • Safeguarding Hub
  • Forensics


Cumbria Constabulary is a partner in the following collaboration:


Cumberland and Westmorland Constabulary was formed in 1856. In 1947 this force absorbed Kendal Borough Police. Less than 20 years later this amalgamated force absorbed Carlisle City Police to form a force broadly the same as today's force called the Cumberland, Westmorland and Carlisle Constabulary. In 1965, it had an establishment of 652 and an actual strength of 617.[6] In 1967 the force name was changed to Cumbria Constabulary.

In 1974 the force's boundaries were expanded to include the new non-metropolitan county of Cumbria, in particular Furness and Sedbergh Rural District.

The Home Secretary proposed on 6 February 2006 to merge it with Lancashire Constabulary. These proposals were accepted by both forces on 25 February and the merger would have taken place on 1 April 2007.[7] However, in July 2006, the Cumbria and Lancashire forces decided not to proceed with the merger because the Government could not remedy issues with the differing council tax precepts.[8]

Chief Constables[edit]

Cumbria Constabulary (1967)
  • 1968–1980 : William Cavey [9]
  • 1980–1987 : Barry David Keith Price [10]
  • 1991–1997 : Alan Elliott [11]
  • 1997–2001 : Colin Phillips [12]
  • 2001–2007 : Michael Baxter [13]
  • 2007-2012 : Sir Craig Thomas Mackey QPM
  • 2012-2013 Stuart Hyde QPM[14]
  • 2014-2018 Jerry Graham QPM[15]
  • 2018– : Michelle Skeer[16][17]

Officers killed in the line of duty[edit]

The Police Roll of Honour Trust lists and commemorates all British police officers killed in the line of duty. The Police Memorial Trust has erected over 30 memorials to some of those officers since its establishment in 1984.[18]

  • The force's first, and to date only, murder of an officer occurred on 10 February 1965. Constable George William Russell, aged 36, was fatally shot when, unarmed and knowing that colleagues had already been fired on, he confronted an armed suspect and called upon him to surrender at a railway station in Kendal. Russell was posthumously awarded the Queen's Police Medal for gallantry and a memorial plaque has been unveiled on a wall at Carlisle Cathedral.[18]
  • PC Keith Easterbrook (died 3 June 1993, aged 36) was fatally injured in a road traffic accident, while assisting in a vehicle pursuit, when a van he was overtaking pulled out and collided with his police motorcycle, on the A595 near Workington.
  • PC William "Bill" Barker was killed whilst on duty on 20 November 2009. At night during severe weather and flooding across the county, the officer was directing motorists to safety off Northside Bridge, Workington, which was in a dangerous condition, when the bridge was destroyed by the flood and he was swept away and killed, his body found on a beach at Allonby that afternoon. Barker had completed 25 years police service and was a traffic officer attached to the Roads Policing Unit based at Workington; he had won a number of awards during his service.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Tables for 'Police workforce, England and Wales, 31 March 2013". HM Government. Office for National Statistics. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Police workforce, England and Wales: 30 September 2017". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  4. ^ "Chief Constable - Michelle Skeer". Cumbria Constabulary. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  5. ^ "Our Departments". Cumbria Constabulary. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  6. ^ The Thin Blue Line, Police Council for Great Britain Staff Side Claim for Undermanning Supplements, 1965
  7. ^ "Police force merger is approved". BBC News. 24 February 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Forces back out of merger plans". BBC News. 10 July 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  9. ^ "DEATH OF FORMER CUMBRIA CHIEF CONSTABLE". Cumberland and Westmorland Herald. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Former police chief died having done all he wanted to do in life". Cumberland and Westmorland Herald. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Death at 65 of ex-Cumbria police chief". Cumberland and Westmorland Herald. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  12. ^ "POLICE CHIEF RETIRES TO TAKE UP NEW CHALLENGE". Cumberland and Westmorland Herald. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  13. ^ "County's chief constable retires". BBC NEWS. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Stuart Hyde to fight attempt to make him leave police". BBC News. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  15. ^ "Cumbria's chief constable to retire a year early". News & Star. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  16. ^ "Who is Cumbria Police Chief Michelle Skeer?". Border - ITV News. February 26, 2016. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  17. ^ "Chief Constable - Michelle Skeer". Cumbria Constabulary. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  18. ^ a b

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