Nottinghamshire Police

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Nottinghamshire Police
Logo of the Nottinghamshire Police
Agency overview
Formed 1840 (Nottinghamshire Constabulary), 1968 (merger)
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Police area of Nottinghamshire, UK
England Police Forces (Nottinghamshire).svg
Map of Nottinghamshire Police's jurisdiction.
Size 2,160
Population 1,034,700
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Sherwood Lodge, Arnold, Nottingham
Sworn members

2,095 (of which 381 are Special Constables)

Police and Crime Commissioner responsible Paddy Tipping, (L)
Agency executive Chris Eyre, Chief Constable
Divisions 2
Stations 31
* Police area agency: Prescribed geographic area in the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

Nottinghamshire Police is the territorial police force responsible for policing the shire county of Nottinghamshire and the unitary authority of Nottingham in the East Midlands of England. The area has a population of just over 1 million.

The force headquarters are found at Arnold. As of March 2013 the force had an establishment of 2,095 police officers, and 381 Special Constables. [2]

The Chief Constable is Chris Eyre, who has held the post since September 2012.[3]

Nottinghamshire Police Authority was disbanded on 15 November 2012 when the first Police and Crime Commissioners were elected. Paddy Tipping was named as Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner on 16 November 2012.[4]

Police Area[edit]

The Police Area covers the ceremonial county of Nottinghamshire, which contains the following local authorities:

Local Authority Large towns/cities
Bassetlaw Worksop, Retford
Mansfield Mansfield
Newark and Sherwood Newark-on-Trent
Ashfield Sutton-in-Ashfield, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Hucknall
Gedling Arnold, Carlton
Broxtowe Beeston, Stapleford, Eastwood, Kimberley
Nottingham Nottingham
Rushcliffe West Bridgford, Cotgrave, Keyworth

Map showing Local Authorities within the Police Area.


Nottinghamshire Constabulary was established in 1840. The following year it absorbed Retford Borough Police. In 1947 it absorbed Newark-on-Trent Borough Police. In 1968 it amalgamated with Nottingham City Police to form Nottinghamshire Combined Constabulary.[5] On 1 April 1974 it was reconstituted as Nottinghamshire Police under the Local Government Act 1972, but retained the name Nottinghamshire Constabulary on all signage, uniform and vehicles until the early 21st century.

In 1965, Nottinghamshire Constabulary had an establishment of 1,026 officers and an actual strength of 798.[6]

Proposals made by the Home Secretary in March 2006 would have seen the force merge with the other four East Midlands forces to form a strategic police force for the entire region.[7] However, in July 2006 the proposed merger was cancelled.[8][9]

In June 2006, the force was declared effective and efficient by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) after five years of intense scrutiny.[10]

In 2009, a performance assessment carried out by the government ranked the force's operational area as the third worst in the country.[11]

In March 2010, the HMIC rated the force as 'poor' in three reviewed areas of, 'Local Policing', 'Confidence' and 'Protecting from Harm'. Nottinghamshire Police were the only force in England & Wales to receive such a rating. Although the HMIC did not attempt to place the 43 police forces in England & Wales in a directly comparable league table (due to difficulties in comparing a large city force with a small rural force), Nottinghamshire Police did give the HMIC cause for concern. The media portrayed the analysis as showing the force as the 'worst in England & Wales'.[12]

List of Chief Constables[edit]

[citation needed]

  • 1860-1865 Joseph Hedington
  • 1865-1869 John Freeman (former Chief Constable of Plymouth)
  • 1869-1872 Captain F. Parry
  • 1872-1881 Major W.H. Poyntz (appointed Chief Constable of Essex)
  • 1881-1892 Samuel Stevens (former Chief Constable of Rochdale)
  • 1892-1912 Phillip Stephen Clay (former Chief Constable of Southampton)
  • 1912-1930 Lt. Col. F. Lemon
  • 1930-1959 Captain Athelstan Popkess
  • 1960-1968 Thomas Moore OBE
  • 1968- 1970 J.E.S. Brown (Nottingham City & County Forces amalgamate on 1 April 1968 & was already CC of Notts County)
  • 1970-1976 Rex Fletcher
  • 1976-1987 Charles McLachlan
  • 1987-1990 Sir Ron Hadfield
  • 1990-1995 Sir Dan Crompton
  • 1995-2000 Colin Bailey
  • 2000-2008 Steven Green
  • 2008-2012 Julia Hodson
  • 2012-2016 Chris Eyre
  • 2016 Sue Fish (Temporary Chief Constable )

Divisional structure[edit]

The force used to be split into four divisions;

As of April 2011 the force was re-structured to the following divisions;

  • Central Division (City of Nottingham) This was then split into two more, City North & City South
  • County North (Mansfield, Ashfield, Bassetlaw)
  • County South (Broxtowe Borough, Gedling, Rushcliffe, Newark & Sherwood)

Notable officers[edit]

Officers killed in the line of duty[edit]

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.

The following officers of Nottinghamshire Police are listed by the Trust as having died attempting to prevent, stop or solve a crime, since the turn of the 20th century:[14]

  • Sgt Ernest Crowston, 1921 (fatally injured attempting to stop a speeding vehicle)
  • PC Raymond Free, 1950 (collapsed after attending a domestic disturbance)
  • PC Stephen Atkinson 1977 (Fatally injured in an accident when hit by a car while on point duty)
  • PC Christopher John MacDonald, 1978 (beaten and drowned by burglar)
  • PC Gerald Walker, 2003 (fatally injured when dragged by a stolen vehicle)


  1. ^ "Tables for 'Police workforce, England and Wales, 31 March 2013". HM Government. Office for National Statistics. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  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. ^ "Chris Eyre". Nottinghamshire Police. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  4. ^ "Nottinghamshire PCC". Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  5. ^ "History". Nottinghamshire Police. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  6. ^ The Thin Blue Line, Police Council for Great Britain Staff Side Claim for Undermanning Supplements, 1965
  7. ^ "Police forces 'to be cut to 24". BBC News. BBC. 20 March 2006. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  8. ^ "Confusion over police merger plan". BBC News. BBC. 13 July 2006. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  9. ^ "Police bill government on mergers". BBC News. BBC. 21 July 2006. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  10. ^ "Positive result for police force". BBC News. BBC. 28 June 2006. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  11. ^ Fletcher, S. (16 July 2009). "Notts is third worst county for crime". Nottingham Post. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  12. ^ Langford, Mark (11 March 2010). "Revealed: The Worst Police In The Country". Sky News Online. BSkyB. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  13. ^ "Top of the Beat Bobbies". BBC Nottingham. 15 April 2008. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  14. ^

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