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Cumbria Constabulary

Cumbria Constabulary provides policing services to the county of Cumbria. The police force area covers 2,613 square miles with approximately 200 miles of coastline in the north west of England. Although there are some very affluent areas, Cumbria generally has a high level of poverty. Around 0.5 million people live in a predominantly rural setting. It has small, distinct urban areas that include the city of Carlisle, and the towns of Barrow-in-Furness, Workington and Penrith. The resident population is increased by university students and by the very large numbers who visit or travel through the county each year. The transport infrastructure also includes major rail stations and sea ports.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Matt Parr is HMI for Cumbria
  • HMICFRS policing region: The constabulary is in the Northern region

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HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this force

HMICFRS 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.

Key facts – 2018/19

Force Area

2,613 square miles


0.5m people
local 10 yr change


90% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.71 per 1000 population
3.42 national level
down17% 10yr change in local workforce
down17% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.06 per person
0.08 national level
up51% Local 5 year trend
up45% National 5 year trend


62p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

Cumbria PCC

Peter McCall

Cumbria Constabulary

Chief Constable Michelle Skeer, appointed February 2018

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