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Cumbria Constabulary

His Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Matt Parr 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:

Cumbria Constabulary is outstanding at managing offenders. Cumbria Constabulary is good at investigating crime, developing a positive workplace and protecting vulnerable people. Cumbria Constabulary is adequate at preventing crime, treatment of the public, responding to the public and making good use of resources. It requires improvement at tackling workforce corruption.

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


88% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.86 per 1000 population
3.69 national level
down6% 10yr change in local workforce
down5% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.05 per person
0.06 national level
up10% Local 5 year trend
up9% National 5 year trend


64p per person per day local
59p 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.

More about this area – What Cumbria Constabulary says

Connect with Cumbria Constabulary

Cumbria Constabulary Police website

Cumbria Constabulary Police and Crime Commissioner’s website

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