Chief Constable: Steve Ashman
Police and Crime Commissioner: Vera Baird QC
What do you want to ensure that the public know about the challenges to the police and policing in your area?
The Northumbria Police area includes two cities, three heavily populated urban areas and extensive rural landscapes, and includes areas amongst the most deprived in the country1 and high levels of unemployment2.
There are an estimated 623,061 households3 and a population of approximately 1.4 million4, with 5.43%3 of the population from BME communities.
The area has three universities, with approximately 66,000 students5, many large retail areas and leisure facilities, and a vibrant night time economy. During the summer months there are approximately three million visitors6&7.
Last year, the Force received 841,172 calls for service8. Officers dealt with 436,819 incidents8 and investigated 72,881 crimes9, with action taken against a suspect in 41.3% of crimes8.
There are new crime types emerging and increased reporting of existing crimes. Offences, such as rape, child sexual exploitation and cyber-crime, are increasing8. However, the demand on policing is far wider than recorded crime.
There are significant challenges in safeguarding vulnerable victims and other persons at risk of harm, and this creates a consistent demand upon resources. The aim, often with partner agencies, is the prevention of crime. The Force is committed to protecting the vulnerable, ensuring that victims have confidence that the police will listen and take action to support them, minimising harm to communities and vigorously pursuing perpetrators.
The Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner are Proud to Protect communities by tackling criminality, dealing with anti-social behaviour, being victim-focused, and delivering the highest quality of service. Victim satisfaction is high10.
The Budget for 2015/16 is £269 million11. Since 2010/11 we have achieved savings of £108.1 million12 with further savings of £24.3 million planned over the next two years to 2017/18.
There are 3,381 police officers, 1,459 police staff and 191 police community support officers13, who are supported by volunteers including Special Constables and Police Cadets.
Sources of information to verify the statement:
1. English Indices of Deprivation 2010
2. ONS National and Regional Headline Indicators
3. 2011 Census
4. ONS, Population Estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, mid 2014
5. Higher Education Statistics Agency, Headline Statistics 2013/14
6. Travel Trends - Section 4 Overseas Residents Visits to the UK, 2014
7. Visit England, 2014, Local Authorities, Counties, LEP areas, Constituencies
8. Force Statistics
9. ONS, Crime in England and Wales, year ending March 2015
10. iQuanta data, victim satisfaction rate for the 12 months to 31 March 2015
11. Northumbria Police Medium Term Financial Strategy for 2015/16 to 2017/18
12. HMIC Policing in Austerity: Responding to the Challenge, 2014 (updated for 2015/16)
13. Force data, actual FTE as of 3 December 2015
1) A summary point drawn from the statement about the force or the force area
The Northumbria Police area includes two cities, three heavily populated urban areas and extensive rural landscapes.
2) A second summary point drawn from the statement about the force or the force area
The area has three universities with approximately 66,000 students, many large retail areas and leisure facilities, and a vibrant night time economy.