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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): Andy Cooke is HMI for Northumbria
  • HMICFRS policing region: The force is in the Northern region

Contact Andy Cooke

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 – 2019/20

Force Area

2,151 square miles


1.46m people
up4% local 10 yr change


90% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.42 per 1000 population
3.54 national level
down25% 10yr change in local workforce
down14% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.08 per person
0.07 national level
up84% Local 5 year trend
up42% National 5 year trend


52p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

Northumbria PCC

Kim McGuinness


Northumbria Police

Chief Constable Winton Keenan, appointed in September 2017

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