Historic Policing

Welcome to the pages that give a small insight into Northumbria Police’s past.

The following pages have some information, photographs, videos and news relating to the force’s history.

We would like to thank the North East Police History Society, Tyne and Wear Museums Service and North East Film and Archive service for their assistance in taking care of artifacts and memorabilia.

Historic Policing Photo 

Brief history..........

Northumbria Police as we know it today was formed in 1974 from the merger of Northumberland Constabulary along with part of 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.

It covers more than 2,000 square miles from the Scottish border in the north down to County Durham in the south and from the Pennines in the west across to the North East coast.

The force serves a population of 1.5 million people and is one of the largest forces in the country, consistently recognised as one of the top performing in the UK.

Today the force has more than 3,500 police officers who, with the support of their Police Community Support Officers, police staff and Special Constable colleagues, provide a service to every neighbourhood and community in the Northumbria Police region.

Historic Policing Photo

Historic Policing Photo

Historic Policing Photo