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Northumbria Police

Area covered
Area Northumberland & Tyne and Wear
Size 5,553 km²
Population 1,400,000
Formed 1974
HQ Ponteland
Officers 4,088
Areas 6
Stations Newcastle 4
Sunderland 4
North Tyneside 4
South Tyneside 3
Gateshead 2
Norhumberland 9
Chief Constable Mike Craik

Northumbria Police is the territorial police force responsible for policing the areas of Northumberland and Tyne and Wear in England. The service is the sixth largest police constabulary in England and Wales. As of April 2005, the current Chief Constable is Mike Craik. The HQ of the service are located at Ponteland, near Newcastle Airport. Former Chief Constables include: Sir Stanley Bailey (1975-1991); John Stevens, Baron Stevens of Kirkwhelpington (1991-1996), and Crispian Strachan CBE (1998-2005). Northumbria is Home Office force 10.



The force was formed in 1974 and was a merger of the old Northumberland Constabulary along with part of the Durham Constabulary. The police forces for the county boroughs of South Shields, Gateshead, Sunderland, Newcastle upon Tyne and Tynemouth had already been amalgamated into their respective county forces in the late 1960s, with the Berwick-upon-Tweed police having been merged into Northumberland in 1921.[1]

Under proposals made by the Home Secretary on 6 February 2006, it would merge with Cleveland Police and Durham Constabulary to form a single strategic police force for the North East England. Both Northumbria and Durham favour this proposal, while Cleveland has expressed a wish that it be merged with the southern area of the Durham Force.[2][3] These proposals have since been dropped nationwide.

Command Team

Divisional Structure

Northumbria Police is divided into six Area Commands with numerous stations within:[4]

Identifier Area Command Stations Area
AA Sunderland Gillbridge, Houghton le Spring, Farringdon, Washington covering the local authority area of Sunderland[5]
BB South Tyneside South Shields covering the local authority of South Tyneside[6]
CC Gateshead Gateshead, Whickham covering the local authority area of Gateshead[7]
DD North Tyneside North Shields, Whitley Bay, Forest Hall, Wallsend covering the local authority of North Tyneside[8]
EE Newcastle Newcastle Pilgrim Street, Etal Lane, Clifford Street, Westgate Road covering the local authority area of Newcastle upon Tyne[9]
FF Northumberland Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth, Cramlington, Alnwick, Berwick, Prudhoe, Hexham, Morpeth covering the local authority area of Northumberland[10]

Neighbourhood Policing

Northumbria Police has numerous teams dedicated to neighbourhood policing attached to the area commands as the table below outlines:[11]

Northumbria Police: Neighbourhood Policing Teams
Identifier Area Command Neighbourhood Policing Teams
AA Sunderland Houghton; Sunderland Central; Sunderland East; Sunderland North; Sunderland South; Sunderland West;


BB South Tyneside East Shields, Cleadon and Whitburn; Jarrow and Hebburn; West Shields and Riverside
CC Gateshead Central Gateshead; East Gateshead; South Gateshead; Inner West Gateshead; Metro Centre Gateshead; Outer West


DD North Tyneside North Shields; Whitley Bay; Killingworth; Wallsend
EE Newcastle Gosforth and Great Park; Blakelaw, Kenton and Fawdon; Fenham and Scotswood; Benwell and Elswick; Newcastle Central;

Jesmond and Heaton; Byker and Walker; Outer West Newcastle (formerly Westerhope and Newburn)

FF Northumberland Bedlington; Blyth; Cramlington; Ashington; Morpeth; Alnwick; Berwick; West Tynedale; East Tynedale


There are two central communication centres:

  • Northern Communication Centre (NCC) which deals with all stations and commands North of the Tyne, based at Force HQ in Ponteland.
  • Southern Communication Centre (SCC) which deals with all stations and commands South of the Tyne, based at South Shields.


External links

See also



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