- Warwickshire Police
Infobox UK Police
name= Warwickshire Police
title= Chief Constable
head= Keith Bristow
divno= 2 districts and 3 boroughs
Warwickshire Police is the
Home Officepolice force responsible for policing Warwickshirein England. It was known as Warwickshire Constabulary until 2001. It is the second smallest territorial police force in England and Wales after the City of London Police, with only 998.6 (full-time equivalents) regular officers as of December 2006. [http://www.warwickshire.police.uk/policingwarwickshire/headquarters/factfile] The resident population of the force area is 519,000.
Under proposals made by the
Home Secretaryon February 6, 2006, it would merge with Staffordshire Police, West Mercia Constabularyand West Midlands Policeto form a single strategic force for the West Midlands region. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4685952.stm] These proposals have since been shelved, however.
Warwickshire Police was until April 2007 a partner alongside three other forces in the
Central Motorway Police Group.
The force was established in 1840 as Warwickshire County Constabulary. It did not, however, even cover all the rural areas of the county until 1857.
Birmingham, Coventry, Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avonand Warwickoriginally had their own police forces. The Warwickshire force absorbed Warwick Borough Policein 1875 and Stratford-upon-Avon Borough Policein 1889 with Leamington Borough Policelasting until 1946. In 1969, Coventry City Policeamalgamated with Warwickshire Constabulary and the force became Warwickshire and Coventry Constabulary. However, with the inclusion of Coventry in the new county of the West Midlands in 1974, Coventry passed to the new West Midlands Police, which also took over the areas of the Birmingham City Policeand part of the northwestern area of Warwickshire (around Solihulland Sutton Coldfield). Warwickshire Constabulary reverted to its old name.
The force is run by a
Chief Constable(currently Keith Bristow), a Deputy Chief Constable, two Assistant Chief Constables, and a civilian Director of Finance. Its headquarters are at Woodcote, a 19th century manor house and estate in the village of Leek Wootton, which has been the force headquarters since 1949.
The county is divided into two Areas (
Basic Command Units): Northern and Southern. Each is commanded by a Chief Superintendent, assisted by a Superintendent (Operations) and an Area Crime Manager (Detective Chief Inspector) in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department. Each Area is further divided into Districts/Boroughs (based on local government districts/boroughs), each commanded by a Chief Inspector(with a District Detective Inspector), and Sectors, each commanded by an Inspector. Most sectors only have a single police station, although a few have more.
North WarwickshireBorough (HQ: Atherstone)
Nuneaton and BedworthBorough (HQ: Nuneaton)
AlcesterSector (also police post at Studley)
Stratford-upon-AvonSector (also stations at Henley-in-Arden, Shipston-on-Stour, Southamand Wellesbourne)
Leamington SpaSector (also police post at Whitnash)
Warwickand KenilworthSector (also police posts at Lapworthand Hatton)
The current Chief Constable is
Keith Bristow, who took over from John Burbeckin July 2006. Burbeck succeeded Andrew Timpson, who in turn succeeded Peter Joslin.
List of police forces in the United Kingdom
Policing in the United Kingdom
*Central Motorway Police Group
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service
* [http://www.warwickshire.police.uk Warwickshire Police]
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