Northumbria Police


Northumbria Police
Northumbria Police
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Area covered
Area Northumberland & Tyne and Wear
Size 5,553 km²
Population 1,400,000
Operations
Formed 1974
HQ Ponteland
Officers 4,088
Areas 6
Stations Sunderland 5
Newcastle 4
North Tyneside 4
South Tyneside 3
Gateshead 2
Northumberland 9
Chief Constable Sue Sim
Website www.northumbria.police.uk

Northumbria Police is the territorial police force responsible for policing the areas of Northumberland and Tyne and Wear in North East England. The service is the sixth largest police force in England and Wales. The current Chief Constable is Sue Sim who was appointed by Northumbria Police Authority on 20 April 2011. [1] The constabulary headquarters are located in Ponteland, Northumberland, near Newcastle Airport. 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.

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History

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.[2]

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 favour this proposal, while Cleveland has expressed a wish that it be merged with the southern area of the Durham Force.[3][4] These proposals 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.[5] 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.[6]

Command team

  • Chief Constable, Sue Sim
  • Deputy Chief Constable, Mark Gilmore[7]
  • Assistant Chief Constable, Steve Ashman
  • Assistant Chief Constable, Greg Vant
  • Assistant Chief Constable, Jim Campbell
  • Assistant Chief Officer, Bernie McArdle
  • Assistant Chief Officer, Steve Culkin

Divisional structure

Northumbria Police is divided into six Area Commands with numerous stations within:[8]

Identifier Area Command Stations Area
AA Sunderland Gillbridge, Houghton le Spring, Farringdon, Southwick, Washington covering the local authority area of Sunderland[9]
BB South Tyneside South Shields covering the local authority of South Tyneside[10]
CC Gateshead Gateshead, Whickham covering the local authority area of Gateshead[11]
DD North Tyneside North Shields, Whitley Bay, Forest Hall, Wallsend covering the local authority of North Tyneside[12]
EE Newcastle Newcastle Pilgrim Street, Etal Lane, Clifford Street, Westgate Road covering the local authority area of Newcastle upon Tyne[13]
FF Northumberland Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth, Cramlington, Alnwick, Berwick, Prudhoe, Hexham, Morpeth covering the local authority area of Northumberland[14]

Neighbourhood policing

Northumbria Police has numerous teams dedicated to neighbourhood policing attached to the area commands as the table below outlines:[15]

Northumbria Police: Neighbourhood Policing Teams
Identifier Area Command Neighbourhood Policing Teams
AA Sunderland Houghton; Sunderland Central; Sunderland East; Sunderland North; Sunderland South; Sunderland West;

Washington

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

Gateshead

DD North Tyneside North Shields; Whitley Bay; Killingworth; Wallsend
EE Newcastle Gosforth and Great Park; Blakelaw, Kenton and Fawdon; Fenham and Scotswood; Benwell and Elswick; Newcastle Central;

Jesmond and Heaton; Byker and Walker; Outer West Newcastle (formerly Westerhope and Newburn)

FF Northumberland Bedlington; Blyth; Cramlington; Ashington; Morpeth; Alnwick; Berwick; West Tynedale; East Tynedale


Communications

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:[16]

  • 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)

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