|Common name||Hampshire Police|
Logo of the Hampshire Constabulary
|Preceding agency||Basingstoke Borough Police, Romsey Borough Police, Lymington Borough Police, Andover Borough Police, Portsmouth City Police, Southampton City Police & Isle of Wight County Constabulary|
|Annual budget||£307.685 million (2014/15)|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||Police area of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the country of England, UK|
|Map of police area|
|Size||1,613 sq miles|
|Population||1.9 million (2010/2011)|
|Legal jurisdiction||England & Wales|
|Constituting instrument||Police Act 1996|
|Overviewed by||Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Independent Police Complaints Commission|
|Headquarters||Police and Fire HQ, Eastleigh, England, UK|
|Police Officers||2,586 (of which 456 are Special Constables)|
|Stations||16 (open to public)|
|Boats||4 (2 Launches and 2 RIBs)|
|* Police area agency: Prescribed geographic area in the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The force area includes Southampton, the largest city in South East England, and the naval city of Portsmouth. It also covers the New Forest National Park, sections of the South Downs National Park, large towns such as Basingstoke, Eastleigh, Andover, Fareham and Aldershot, and the historic city of Winchester. The constabulary, as it is currently constituted, dates from 1967, but modern policing in Hampshire can be traced back to 1832.
Since late 2015 the force has shared the headquarters of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in Eastleigh. The main training facility is at Royal Victoria Country Park, Hamble-le-Rice, in buildings of the former Netley Hospital.
- 1 Senior Management Team
- 2 History
- 3 Organisation
- 4 Uniform, Equipment & Vehicles
- 5 Strength and recruitment
- 6 Performance
- 7 In the media
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
- 11 Sources
Senior Management Team
The senior team, each of whom is a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers, is as follows:
- Chief Constable (CC): Olivia Pinkney
- Deputy Chief Constable (DCC): Sara Glen
- Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Joint Operations: David Hardcastle (Shared appointment with Thames Valley Police)
- Assistant Chief Constable (ACC): Scott Chilton
- Temporary Assistant Chief Constable (ACC): Ben Snuggs
- Special Constabulary Chief Officer: Tom Haye
The force is overseen by an elected Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) on non-operational matters (i.e. budget and priorities). The current Hampshire PCC is Michael Lane, of the Conservative Party, who was elected in May 2016.
The first fully constituted police force formed in Hampshire was the Winchester City Police, founded in 1832. The Hampshire County Constabulary was established seven years later in December 1839 as a result of the passing of the County Police Act that year. Initially the force had a chief constable and two superintendents: one was based in Winchester, and the second based on the Isle of Wight (then part of Hampshire). The first separate police force on the island was formed in 1837 when the Newport Borough Police was established. A separate Isle of Wight Constabulary was not formed until 1890 when the island was the granted administrative county status.
During the 19th century, Hampshire County Constabulary absorbed various borough forces including Basingstoke Borough Police (1836–1889), Romsey Borough Police (1836–1865), Lymington Borough Police (1836–1852) and Andover Borough Police (1836–1846). The Isle of Wight Constabulary likewise absorbed the borough forces of Newport and Ryde. Winchester, Southampton and Portsmouth continued to have independent police forces. In 1914 the Special Constabulary started to perform regular duties 'for the continuous preservation of order during the war'. Prior to this Special Constables were only called up to assist at major events and riots.
In 1943, as part of the Defence (Amalgamation of Police Forces) Regulations 1942, Hampshire County Constabulary was amalgamated with the Isle of Wight and Winchester City Police forces to form the Hampshire Joint Police Force. The two city forces, Southampton City Police and Portsmouth City Police, remained independent. Although this arrangement was originally intended only as a wartime measure, it continued after hostilities ended. In 1948, the merger was made permanent, with Hampshire Joint Police Force being renamed Hampshire Constabulary.
The name was changed once again in 1957, to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary. The Police Act 1964 led to the amalgamation of the city forces (Southampton and Portsmouth) into the Hampshire force. This created the present-day Hampshire Constabulary. The last major changes to the police area were in 1974, when the Local Government Act changed a number of local government areas, and the responsibility for policing Christchurch was transferred to Dorset Police.
The names of forces that have policed the counties of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight since the nineteenth century are illustrated below:
In 1965, the force had an establishment of 1,346 and an actual strength of 1,137.
The headquarters moved to their current location in Eastleigh in 2015. The previous facility in Winchester sat on the site of the first county headquarters, built in 1847.
Between 2013 and 2017, a number of police stations were closed and sold, while others had their public facilities closed. The need to reduce costs also led to the formation of a Joint Operations Unit with Thames Valley Police which, during the course of 2012, saw the amalgamation of Roads Policing Units, Training, Firearms and Dog Units of the two forces. The IT departments of the forces merged in early 2011. In April 2015, Hampshire Constabulary announced a "new-look policing model", beginning a major reorganisation.
Previous Chief Constables
- 1839–1842 - Captain George Robbins
- 1842–1856 - Captain William C. Harris CB
- 1856–1891 - Captain John Henry Forrest
- 1891–1893 - Captain Peregrine Henry Thomas Fellowes (killed on duty)
- 1894–1928 - Major St Andrew Bruce Warde
- 1928–1942 - Major Ernest Radcliffe Cockburn
- 1942–1962 - Sir Richard Dawnay Lemon CBE QPM
- 1962–1977 - Sir Douglas Osmond CBE OStJ QPM DL
- 1977–1988 - Sir John Duke CBE QPM
- 1988–1999 - Sir John Hoddinott CBE QPM MA FRSA DL
- 1999–2008 - Paul Kernaghan QPM
- 2008–2013 - Alex Marshall QPM
- 2013–2016 - Andy Marsh
- 2016–present - Olivia Pinkney QPM
- 1840 - 14 Superintendents appointed, each to head a 'Division'.
- 1893 - Chief Constable Peregrine Fellowes, a former Assistant Adjutant General of Australia, who had been in office for less than two years, is fatally injured in Romsey Road, Winchester - outside police headquarters - when, together with other officers, he attempts to stop a runaway horse and trap. Crushed against a wall he dies several days later from his injuries and is later buried in the Fellowes family plot at Westhill Cemetery, Winchester.
- 1914 - In Andover, the imprisonment of a mother and daughter sparks rioting involving crowds of up to two thousand people. Local officers seek the assistance of the fire brigade who are pelted with stones and retreat to their station. The arrival of mounted officers from Basingstoke fails to quell the disturbances and only after three days do extra officers drafted in from other stations bring the disorder to an end.
- 1915 - Southampton Police appoint two women police- they were not attested but served in uniform. Miss Annette Tate was one of them 
- 1929 - Hampshire Constabulary acquires its first motorised patrol vehicle - a BSA motorcycle combination.
- 1943 - Winchester City Police and Isle of Wight Constabulary forced to amalgamate with Hampshire as a war time measure. The amalgamation became permanent in 1947.
- 1944 - Women Inspector appointed: Miss P Yates.
- 1957 - On 1 April the name of the force changed from Hampshire Constabulary to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary 
- 1967 - Southampton Police and Portsmouth Police amalgamated with the Hampshire County Force (Watt 1967)
- 1970 - The Isle of Wight Festival takes place at Afton Down attracting huge crowds, estimates varying from five to six hundred thousand, who witness what would be the last UK performance by Jimi Hendrix - he is to die less than three weeks later. Despite the great numbers of people the atmosphere is relaxed and with only 500 officers to police the event the Chief Constable, Sir Douglas Osmond, dons casual clothes and sits with the crowds. He reports to the subsequent public enquiry that the press seem unhappy that it had been so peaceful.
- 1972 - A car bomb, containing approximately 130 kg of explosive, detonates outside the officer's mess at the 16th Parachute Brigade Headquarters in Aldershot. Seven civilians die and nineteen others are seriously injured. The Official Irish Republican Army claim responsibility for the blast the following day. A major criminal enquiry, led personally by Det. Ch. Supt. Cyril Holdaway, then head of the force's CID, succeeds in identifying the bombers and the three are sentenced at Winchester Crown Court later the same year.
- 1982 - Havant Policing Scheme, pioneered by then Chief Constable John Duke, emphasizes the need for linking communication technology with beat officers.
- 1984–1985 - The Miners' Strike. Along with other forces Hampshire contribute officers, under the umbrella of "mutual aid" to police large picket lines supporting the miners' strike. Hampshire officers are the first to be flown into the strike areas.
- 1985 - The force aircraft, an Optica, crashes on the outskirts of Ringwood killing the crew - PC Gerry Spencer (pilot) and DC Malcolm Wiltshire (observer).
- 1988 - Introduction of new hand held PFX radio system with four control centres. Hampshire became the first force to leave the Home Office radio communications scheme.
- 2006 - On 15 May Hampshire Constabulary launches the new single, non-emergency telephone number (SNEN), 101, as an alternative to 999. It is intended for reporting less serious or anti-social offences.
- 2010 - On 13 February twelve people are seriously injured outside St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton during clashes between rival supporters of Southampton FC & Portsmouth FC playing a South Coast Derby football match.
- 2011 - On 22 May the force seeks assistance from Marwell Wildlife Park, near Winchester when it receives reports of the sighting of what is believed to be a white tiger seen in undergrowth in the Hedge End area of Southampton. The tiger turns out to be a life-size cuddly toy.
- 2011 - During the 2011 England riots, Hampshire is the fourth UK Police force, after Thames Valley, Essex, Bedfordshire and City of London Police, to supply ten Force Support Units to the Metropolitan Police to assist in maintaining order in the capital. In Hampshire, individuals on some social-media sites attempt to incite public disorder, mainly in Southampton, but this is prevented by the police encouraging shops to close early and placing over five hundred officers in Southampton City Centre
- 2012-2014- Cuts to budget led to the closure of several police stations and the reduction of services to the public (including front office facilities and attendance at crimes replaced by telephone calls for ' minor ' crimes undetected).
- 2014- Hampshire Constabulary in international news after obtaining a European arrest warrant leading to the arrest in Spain of the parents of Ashya King (who had removed their seriously ill son from a Southampton hospital in order to get treatment abroad).
In April 2015, Hampshire Constabulary announced a "new-look policing model." The reorganisation included the introduction of borderless policing - a shift away from the force's previous Operational Command Units (OCUs) towards flexibility for officers in response and patrol. The change saw the repurposing of a number of police stations which were closed to the public. Response teams are now based at 12 new patrol hubs.
The reorganisation also saw an adjustment in how investigations works, moving geographically-based investigation teams into newly created Police Investigation Centres (PICs), combining CID and other investigative teams, alongside the newly created Resolution Centre to resolve a greater volume of crime. Finally, the former Safer Neighbourhood Teams were adjusted, becoming Neighbourhood Police Teams aligned with local authority wards, easing the administrative strain of inter-agency collaboration.
In 2012 the Constabulary merged its six territorially based, local policing divisions known as Operational Command Units (OCUs) into three areas, each made up of a number of districts. These three areas were then merged into one in 2016. In 2012 there was a reduction in the number of stations maintaining public enquiry offices and more limited opening hours were introduced. Stations retaining a public enquiry office are marked thus: † A number of police stations closed in the period 2012-2016.
- Fareham & Gosport
- Isle of Wight
- Eastleigh & Romsey
- New Forest
- Andover † (District HQ)
- Winchester & East Hampshire
- Basingstoke & Deane
- Hart & Rushmoor
- Police HQ - Police and Fire HQ, Eastleigh
- Southern Support & Training HQ - Netley (nr. Southampton)
- Operational HQ - Mottisfont Court, Winchester
The Constabulary has four Command sections: Investigation Command; Intelligence, Tasking and Development; Prevention and Neighbourhoods, and Response and Patrol.
Roads Policing Unit
The Roads Policing Unit patrol some 220 miles of motorway and trunk roads in the two counties. This is made up of large sections of the M3, all of the M27, the M271 & the M275 together with parts of the A3, A27, A31, A34 and A303.
In addition to providing an emergency response to incidents on the road its work is directed towards reducing casualties and offending and in particular at disrupting the activities of travelling criminals.
The unit operates from 3 bases;- Havant (near the M27 and M275), Totton (near the M271 and M27) and Whitchurch (near the M3 & A34).
As part of the programme of sharing resources (and thereby reducing costs) agreed between the two forces in late 2010, Hampshire's Roads Policing Unit commenced joint operations with Thames Valley Police's RPU in January 2012. The combined unit is overseen by the Joint Operations Unit.
Dog & Search Support Unit
Hampshire Constabulary acquired its first two dogs in 1959. The force now has a variety of dogs in use across the two counties, working 24-hours a day. The Unit, based at the Support headquarters at Netley, near Southampton, is headed by an Inspector, two Sergeants, twenty-six Constables and several civilian staff. Dogs are trained in a variety of skills including passive drug searching, searches for firearms, explosives, ammunition, and currency. The dogs are also trained to locate people in a variety of situations. For example, they are able to find people who are trapped in collapsed buildings.
Tactical Firearms Support Unit
Hampshire's Firearms Support Unit provides suitably trained and equipped officers to respond to incidents involving the criminal use of firearms through its armed response vehicles and tactical teams. It has a permanent staff of instructors, administrators and the Force Armourer, who is responsible for the safe storage, maintenance and record keeping for each of the force's firearms.
The force's first full-time, permanent firearms unit was launched in 2013. This will be the first of its kind in the UK.
The Marine Unit provides a specialist resource to the force and a policing presence along the 253 miles of navigable coastline of the two counties. In addition, the unit is responsible for the investigation of marine incidents and supporting the work of the UK Border Agency, HM Coastguard and the harbour authorities. The unit comprises a Sergeant and twelve Constables and has two tactical rigid inflatables, two semi-displacement patrol launches and various land-based patrol vehicles. The ribs and launches are:
- Police Launch Commander, a 12m catamaran
- Police Launch Preventer, an 11m launch
- Police RIB Protector, a 7.8m tactical RIB
- Police RIB Pursuer, a 7.8, tactical RIB.
In addition to the above the Operations OCU also incorporates the Planning and Policy Unit and the Critical Incident Cadre - designed to provide tactical support in the event of any major incident within the force area.
The Crime OCU is made up of a number of specialist CID units including the force Intelligence Directorate, Scientific Services, Special Branch and both the Serious Organised Crime and Major Crime departments. In addition to their specialist roles these departments support territorially deployed CID officers of the South Eastern CID Department, South Western CID Department & Northern & Central CID Department
Joint Operations Unit
The unit, currently based in Hampshire (headed by a chief superintendent but overseen by the Joint ACC John Campbell) was established to manage the agreement put in place between Hampshire and Thames Valley Police in November 2010 intended to share common resources and thereby reduce costs. The agreement (under the provisions of s. 23 Police Act 1996) allows the forces to operate joint units and is initially aimed at a merging of Roads Policing Units, Firearms and Dog Units, and Training departments. The IT departments of the two forces formally merged in February 2011.
The Roads Policing Units of the forces merged at the end of January 2012 and the remaining mergers will be completed with the final amalgamation, of the firearms units, following the 2012 Olympics.
Other Policing Initiatives
In an effort to maintain equine-oriented crime at low levels, the force supports a Horsewatch programme (started 1992) to raise awareness of crime, including the theft of animals, equipment and vehicles. The force's Equine Liaison Officers who liaise with the equine community perform their duties voluntarily.
CountryWatch is continuing programme of policing operations with the objective of tackling crime in the rural communitiese such as theft, poaching, fly-tipping and the use of nuisance vehicles. The programme promotes reassurance and communication, particularly between rural and neighbourhood officers. ACC Laura Nicholson is the national ACPO-lead, for CountryWatch.
Uniform, Equipment & Vehicles
Male constables and sergeants of Hampshire Constabulary wear the traditional comb-style custodian helmet when on foot patrol. However, Hampshire is one of only three other UK forces that does not use the common Brunswick star style force badge, favouring instead a large metal plate that mirrors the county crest, depicting a laurel wreath enclosing a crowned rose above a banner that reads 'Hampshire'.
The helmets worn by constables have larger helmet plates of uncoloured white metal whilst those worn by sergeants have slightly smaller helmet plates that includes blue and red enamelled detail on the crown, rose and county title. The helmet plate worn by constables is the largest of all those worn by forces in England and Wales and ensures that they stand out in the company of officers from other areas.
Officers wear a peaked cap with black and white chequered hat band when on mobile patrol in vehicles whilst Roads Policing Unit (RPU) officers wear a similar cap with a white top. Female officers wear a bowler hat (with black and white chequered hat band), or a similar bowler hat for female RPU officers but with a white top. PCSO's wear peaked caps with a blue hat band. Each of these caps have smaller versions of the helmet plate.
Officers holding the rank of Inspector or above wear peaked caps.
When on duty officers wear a black, wicking T-shirt with the word 'Police' on the sleeves, and black uniform trousers. Hampshire officers no longer use the traditional police jumper, having favoured a black fleece with 'Police' written on the chest and back. Hampshire officers do not have Brunswick stars on their epaulettes, just the rank and collar number. PCSOs wear a similar uniform, however instead of a black, wicking shirt they wear blue wicking shirts.
Formal dress comprises an open-necked tunic, with white shirt and black tie for both male and female officers. Constables and Sergeants wear custodian helmet's and collar numbers on their epaulettes, officers above these ranks wear peaked caps, name badges and their rank on their epaulettes. The No.1 uniform is accompanied by black boots or shoes and occasionally black gloves, or brown gloves for the rank of Inspector and above.
Hampshire Constabulary officers are required to wear a stab vest whilst on patrol. Hampshire officers generally wear black stab vests, although some officers wear fluorescent yellow stab vests for activities such as cycling. In addition, officers carry TETRA digital radios, HTC PDAs, rigid handcuffs, CS incapacitant gas, the ASP 21" collapsible baton, leg restraints, a resuscitation mask and a basic first aid kit. *Watt, I. A. (1967). A history of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary 1839–1966. Winchester, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary. PCSO's do not carry ASPs, handcuffs, leg restraints or incapacitant spray. Should the need arise, some officers can use body-mounted cameras. Police vehicles may contain a variety of equipment, which can include Arnold batons, traffic cones, road signs, breathalyzers, stingers, speed guns and the like.
Vehicles and livery
Hampshire Constabulary uses a selection of vehicles for their individual capabilities and the requirements of the roles for which they are employed. These vehicles include:
- BMW 530d
- BMW R1200RT Motorcycle
- BMW X3
- BMW X5
- Ford Fiesta
- Ford Focus
- Ford Kuga
- Ford Mondeo
- Ford Ranger
- Volkswagen Transporter
- Volvo V70
- Volvo XC70
- Ford Transit
- Ford Transit Connect
- Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
- Nissan Navara
- Land Rover Discovery
- Land Rover Defender
- Land Rover Tangi
- Škoda Octavia
- Škoda Yeti
- Vauxhall Astra
- Vauxhall Vivaro
Hampshire Constabulary currently use the standard yellow and blue retro-reflective Battenberg markings, together with the force crest on the bonnet, on all marked, operational vehicles.
For many years until 2005, the force had used a distinctive vehicle paint scheme of retro-reflective red and white diagonal stripes above a retro-reflective chequered blue and white band.
Strength and recruitment
As of March 2017, Hampshire Constabulary has 2,896 police officers, 364 Special constables, 304 designated officers, 385 Police community support officers and 1,421 police staff. By comparison, in 2010, the force had 3,748 police officers, 337 PCSOs and 2,424 police staff. The force has reduced its workforce by 23% since 2010, compared to the national average of 15%. This has led to some criticism from various sources around central government funding for the force.
Training for new recruits in Hampshire is conducted at the support headquarters at Netley. For Constables it consists of 15 weeks training and a two-year probationary period. For PCSOs it consists of 6 weeks training and a 1-year probationary period. For Special Constables it consists of 7 months of training during weeknights and weekends, and a two-year probationary period or less, dependent on the number of tours of duty.
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary
A report from March 2010 by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary marked Hampshire Constabulary as 'Fair' at 'Local crime and policing' and ' Confidence and satisfaction', and 'Good' at 'Protecting from serious harm'. They achieved good and fair marks for all aspects of policing except 'Excellent' at 'Suppressing gun crime' and 'Poor' for 'Comparative satisfaction of BME community'.
In November 2014 a HMIC report on crime recording found Hampshire Constabulary failed to record, as crime, 40% of incidents, one of the three worst force performances in the country.
Independent Police Complaints Commission
The Professional Standards department of the force investigate the majority of complaints made against police. However, details of complaints received are notified to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which is a non-departmental public body responsible for overseeing the system for handling complaints made against police forces throughout England and Wales. The IPCC may chose to manage or supervise investigations conducted into complaints and may conduct the investigations themselves in the most serious cases. The Commission sets the standards of the investigation of complaints against police and also acts as the appeals body in cases where members of the public are dissatisfied with the way in which a police force has handled their complaint.
In the period April 2011 to December 2011 complaints and allegations made against officers of Hampshire Constabulary had decreased from the previous year (previous years figures in brackets). Hampshire's overall complaints rate of 181 (206) per 1000 employees is slightly above the national average of 172 (159) per 1000 employees. In that period Hampshire were above national average for complaints concerning 'Neglect or Failure in duty' and 'Oppressive Conduct or Harassment'. Of all complaints received during the period 0% (1%) were discontinued - national average 1% - some 5% (3%) were dispensed - national average 7% - and 6% (5%) were withdrawn - national average 10%). Of the total, 13% (11%) of complaints were found to have 'substantiated finding', 3% lower than the national average.
Stonewall Workplace Equality Index
The Stonewall Workplace Equality Index is an annual index of UK employers completed by the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) rights charity Stonewall. Through their submissions to Stonewall, Hampshire Constabulary were consistently high performers on the index from 2006-2013, scoring no lower than 15th place overall. In 2009 and 2010 the Constabulary were 2nd place in Top Employer category. In 2017 the Constabulary were still in the top 100 at 65th (Leicestershire was the top police employer).
In the media
The crime fiction writer Graham Hurley draws on his knowledge of Hampshire Constabulary, and in particular Portsmouth CID, for his series of police procedural novels. Set in Portsmouth and revolving around the fictional Detective Inspector Joe Faraday they portray a gritty picture of the city and its crime.
Ruth Rendell's series of crime novels are set in the fictional town of Kingsmarkham. In the books the town is described as being in Sussex, however when the books were televised, Romsey was chosen as the setting for the location filming. Inspector Wexford is often seen wearing a Hampshire Constabulary tie and warrant card badge. Hampshire Constabulary authorised the use of the force logo and have provided props and material for the series.
Hampshire Constabulary has featured in various series of Traffic Cops, an occasional BBC One documentary. The programme focuses on the work of Hampshire's Roads Policing officers and highlights issues relating to road safety and reducing the number of road deaths and serious injuries.
The day-to-day work of Hampshire Constabulary featured in some 69 episodes, spanning three series, of the popular BBC 1 observational documentary, Real Rescues. This series first aired on BBC 1 in October 2007
The three-part, Channel 4 documentary, The Force followed the work of Hampshire detectives during the investigation of three serious crimes in the county. The first episode followed the progress of an enquiry into the murder of a woman whose body had been found in a field near Basingstoke whilst the second revealed the work of Hampshire's dedicated rape unit during a live investigation in Portsmouth. The last programme featured a re-investigation of the arson of a block of flats in Portsmouth as a result of which a young man died.
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