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Cumbria Constabulary

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Andy Cooke is HMI for Cumbria.

This force is in the Northern HMICFRS policing region.

Our PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessments give you information about how your local police force has performed in several important areas.

In our latest assessment of Cumbria Constabulary, we made the following judgments:

the extent to which the force is effective at reducing crime and keeping people safe is good.

the extent to which the force operates efficiently and sustainably is good.

the extent to which the force treats the public and its workforce legitimately is good.

Read the full report for Cumbria Constabulary

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

2,634 square miles


0.5m people
No change local 10 yr change


95% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.85 per 1000 population
3.54 national level
down12% 10yr change in local workforce
down14% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.06 per person
0.07 national level
up51% Local 5 year trend
up42% National 5 year trend


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

These are the latest key facts about Cumbria Constabulary.

About the force

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.

What the force says

Connect with Cumbria Constabulary

Cumbria Constabulary Police website

Cumbria Constabulary Police and Crime Commissioner’s website