Cumbria Constabulary
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MottoSafer, stronger Cumbria
Agency overview
Preceding agencies
Annual budget£94 million[1]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionCumbria, England
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Map of police area
Size2,634 square miles (6,820 km2)[2]
Legal jurisdictionEngland & Wales
Governing bodyHome Office
Constituting instrument
General nature
Operational structure
Overviewed by
HeadquartersCarleton Hall, Penrith
Police Community Support Officers99
Police and Crime Commissioner responsible
Agency executive
Territorial Police AreasNorth, South and West
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Cumbria Constabulary is the territorial police force in England covering Cumbria. As of September 2017, the force had 1,108 police officers, 535 police staff, 93 police community support officers, and 86 special constables.[4]

The force serves a population of 500,000 across an area of 2,634 square miles (6,820 km2).[2] There are significant areas of isolated and rural community, and the county has one of the smallest visible minority ethnic populations in the country at under 3.0%. Each year Cumbria, which incorporates the Lake District National Park, attracts over 23 million visitors from all over the world (46 times the local population). The county has 67 miles (108 km) of motorway and some 700 miles (1,100 km) of trunk and primary roads.

The Chief Constable is Michelle Skeer.[5] The headquarters of the force are at Carleton Hall, Penrith.


Cumberland and Westmorland Constabulary was formed in 1856. In 1947 this force absorbed Kendal Borough Police. Less than 20 years later this amalgamated force absorbed Carlisle City Police to form a force broadly the same as today's force called the Cumberland, Westmorland and Carlisle Constabulary. In 1965, it had an establishment of 652 and an actual strength of 617.[6] In 1967 the force name was changed to Cumbria Constabulary.

In 1974 the force's boundaries were expanded to include the new non-metropolitan county of Cumbria, in particular Furness and Sedbergh Rural District.

The Home Secretary proposed on 6 February 2006 to merge it with Lancashire Constabulary. These proposals were accepted by both forces on 25 February and the merger would have taken place on 1 April 2007.[7] However, in July 2006, the Cumbria and Lancashire forces decided not to proceed with the merger because the Government could not remedy issues with the differing council tax precepts.[8]

Chief constables

Cumbria Constabulary (1967)

Officers killed in the line of duty

See also: List of British police officers killed in the line of duty

The Police Roll of Honour Trust and Police Memorial Trust list and commemorate all British police officers killed in the line of duty. Since its establishment in 1984, the Police Memorial Trust has erected 50 memorials nationally to some of those officers.[18]


In terms of operational policing the force is divided into two commands - the Territorial Policing Command and the Crime Command, each headed by a Chief Superintendent.[21]

Territorial Policing Command

This command is further divided into three geographic Territorial Policing Areas (TPAs) to cover the county, an operational support section and a command and control section. Each TPA is led by a Superintendent and is further divided into districts and then teams for the purposes of neighbourhood policing. The major elements of the Territorial Policing Command are as follows:

North Territorial Policing Area

Responsible for neighbourhood and response policing across the following geographic areas:

South Territorial Policing Area

Responsible for neighbourhood and response policing across the following geographic areas:

West Territorial Policing Area

Responsible for neighbourhood and response policing across the following geographic areas

Operational Support

Within this section are force wide units which support the TPAs or units from the Crime Command, or provide a specialist service:

Command & Control

Within this section is the Command and Control Room (dispatch), including the Force Incident Manager (FIM) and the call taking centre.

Crime Command

This command is responsible for significant investigations and is predominantly staffed by detectives. The command is divided as follows:


Cumbria Constabulary is a partner in the following collaboration:

PEEL inspection 2022

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) conducts a periodic police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL) inspection of each police service's performance. In its latest PEEL inspection, Cumbria Constabulary was rated as follows:[22]

  Outstanding Good Adequate Requires Improvement Inadequate
2021/22 rating
  • Managing offenders
  • Investigating crime
  • Developing a positive workplace
  • Protecting vulnerable people
  • Preventing crime
  • Treatment of the public
  • Responding to the public
  • Good use of resources

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 January 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2009.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service". HMICFRS. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Tables for 'Police workforce, England and Wales, 31 March 2013". HM Government. Office for National Statistics. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Police workforce, England and Wales: 30 September 2017". GOV.UK. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Chief Constable - Michelle Skeer". Cumbria Constabulary. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  6. ^ The Thin Blue Line, Police Council for Great Britain Staff Side Claim for Undermanning Supplements, 1965
  7. ^ "Police force merger is approved". BBC News. 24 February 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Forces back out of merger plans". BBC News. 10 July 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  9. ^ "DEATH OF FORMER CUMBRIA CHIEF CONSTABLE". Cumberland and Westmorland Herald. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Former police chief died having done all he wanted to do in life". Cumberland and Westmorland Herald. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Death at 65 of ex-Cumbria police chief". Cumberland and Westmorland Herald. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  12. ^ "POLICE CHIEF RETIRES TO TAKE UP NEW CHALLENGE". Cumberland and Westmorland Herald. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  13. ^ "County's chief constable retires". BBC NEWS. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Stuart Hyde to fight attempt to make him leave police". BBC News. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Cumbria's chief constable to retire a year early". News & Star. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  16. ^ "Who is Cumbria Police Chief Michelle Skeer?". Border - ITV News. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Chief Constable - Michelle Skeer". Cumbria Constabulary. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Incorporated by Royal Charter the Police Roll of Honour Trust is the official source of the United Kingdom's Police Roll of Honour. Lest We Forget". Police Roll of Honour Trust. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  19. ^ "Police officer dies in motorway crash". BBC News. 27 January 2020. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  20. ^ "Police car involved in serious crash on M6 near Carlisle". ITV News. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  21. ^ "Our Departments". Cumbria Constabulary. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  22. ^ "PEEL 2021/22 Police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy: An inspection of Cumbria Constabulary" (PDF). Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services. 28 April 2022. Retrieved 1 May 2022.