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Northumbria Police

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

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 Northumbria Police, we made the following judgments:

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

the extent to which the force operates efficiently and sustainably requires improvement.

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

Read the full report for Northumbria Police

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

2,151 square miles

Population

1.46m people
up4% local 10 yr change

Workforce

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

Cost

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

These are the latest key facts about Northumbria Police.

About the force

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.

What the force says

Connect with Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police website

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner’s website