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Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police provides policing services to the counties of Northumberland and Tyne and Wear. The police force area covers 2,144 square miles with approximately 140 miles of coastline in the north east England. Although there are some affluent areas, Northumbria has a high level of poverty. Around 1.4 million people mainly live in the urban centres which include the cities of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Sunderland, as well as a number of smaller towns on the coast. The resident population is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit, socialise in, or travel through the area each year. The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations and air and sea ports.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Michael Cunningham is HMI for Northumbria
  • HMIC region: The force is in HMIC’s Northern region

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PEEL Assessment

This is HMIC’s second assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with which Northumbria Police keeps people safe and reduces crime. PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) gives you information about how your local police force is performing in several important areas. It does this in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year-on-year.

The extent to which Northumbria Police is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which Northumbria Police is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which Northumbria Police is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime requires improvement.

This year, for the first time, we have assessed leadership across the force. The assessment has led to a narrative rather than graded judgment, which is summarised below.

Read more about my assessment of Northumbria Police performance this year, including exceptional events and where I would like to see improvements next year.

Find out more about your force's annual assessment

HMIC’s role in inspecting this force

HMIC independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence. We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

Inspections in Northumbria

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.




Key facts

Force Area

2,144 square miles


1.43m people 3% local 10 yr change


75% frontline 78% national level
3.6 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
22% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.04 per person 0.05 national level
Local 5 year trend (no change) National 5 year trend (no change)


53p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Police and crime plan priorities

Over 5000 local residents helped decide the Police & Crime Plan Priorities for Northumbria. These are –

  • Putting Victims First
  • Dealing with Anti Social Behaviour
  • Domestic and Sexual Abuse
  • Reducing Crime
  • Community Confidence.

The Commissioner meets regularly with the Chief Constable to ensure these priorities are delivered by Northumbria Police.

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Northumbria will put victims first by ensuring the most vulnerable victims of crime and ASB are identified and they are provided with personal support and firm action. In dealing with ASB every victim will be contacted personally and their concerns investigated. As PCC, I am taking an active personal lead in tackling sexual and domestic abuse with a strategy on all aspects of VAWG providing an overall better service for victims. Reducing crime is our objective in everything that we do. We will continue to be highly visible in communities making contact with the police a positive experience.

Northumbria PCC

Vera-Baird-PCC-NorthumbriaVera Baird


Northumbria Police


Chief Constable Steve Ashman, appointed in
May 2015

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