- Surrey Police
Infobox UK Police
name= Surrey Police
1 January 1851
size= 1,663 km²
title= Temporary Chief Constable
head= Mark Rowley
HQ= Mount Browne,
Surrey Police is the
Home Officepolice force of the county of Surreyin the south of England
The force is lead by Temporary
Chief ConstableMark Rowley and has its headquarters at Mount Browne, Guildford, Surrey.
On January 1, 1851, the Surrey
Constabularybegan its policing of the county with a total of 70 officers, the youngest of whom was 14 years old. The first Chief Constable was H. C. Hastings, who served in this capacity for 48 years. Originally Guildford, Reigateand Godalminghad separate borough police forces. Reigate and Guildford were merged into Surrey in 1943.
Part of the present force area was originally part of the
Metropolitan Police District, and was only transferred to the control of Surrey Police from the Metropolitan Police in 2000. Surrey Police is now divided into three divisions, and is currently policed by 1,921 police officers (see table below for more information). Surrey Police has one of the lowest crime rates in Englandand Wales.
urrey Police Museum
To help celebrate its 150th anniversary, a museum portraying the history of the Force was opened at Mount Browne, the Surrey Police's
headquartersin Guildford. Surrey resident Sir Michael Caine, CBE, took a break from filming his latest movie to officially open the doors to the museum on 22nd October, 2001.Months of hard work went into the development of the museum. Displays include a reconstructed lock-up (an old-fashioned holding cell for drunks and criminals), an audio representation of the policing of the Guildfordriots and World War I, artefacts and touch-screen technology, all tracing the history of the Force up to the present day.
Training of New Recruits
Policeis also one of the first police forces to have initiated IPLDP (Initial Police Learning and Development Program). These police forces in the UK are now responsible for training their own recruits. In April 2006, Surrey Police officially launched IPLDP attended by other UK police force representatives.
New recruits are trained at the Surrey Police Headquarters, Mount Browne. Training lasts around seven months. Recruits receive their
Warrant Cardand Uniform in the first week of training.
Once the six months training is over, the new officers are posted in a local division. They are on probation for two years, and part of the continuing training programme involves a
National Vocational Qualificationin Policing.
There were 551 complaint cases for Surrey Police in 2005/06. This is a 26% increase on the 2004/05 figure of 439. For comparison, the average increase across forces in
England and Walesover the same period was 15%. [http://www.ipcc.gov.uk/complaints_report.pdf] [http://www.ipcc.gov.uk/complaints_report_2005-7.pdf]
Proposed Merger with Sussex Police
Under controversial merger plans announced by the
Home Secretaryin 2006, the number of police forces in Englandand Waleswould have been cut from 43 to 24. Proposals put forward on March 20, 2006 would have seen the Surrey force merged with Sussex Policeto form a single strategic police force for the area. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4825524.stm]
Police authorities had until
April 7, 2006 to respond to the plans; the Home Secretary then announced on Tuesday April 112006 that Surrey Police and Sussex Police would merge by 2008. However, on Wednesday July 122006, a Government minister announced that all proposed police merger plans in England and Wales had been put on "long-term hold."
tations with Borough Divisions
Epsom & EwellBorough
Epsom Mole ValleyDistrict
Godstone Reigate and BansteadBorough
Ripley(Part Time, staffed by Volunteers)Woking Borough
Old Woking ElmbridgeBorough
*Cobham (Part Time, Manned by Volunteers)
*Molesey (Part Time, Manned by Volunteers)
Haslemere Surrey HeathBorough
List of police forces in the United Kingdom
Policing in the United Kingdom
Other Surrey Emergency Services
Surrey Fire & Rescue Service
South East Coast Ambulance Service
* [http://www.surreypa.gov.uk/ Surrey Police Authority]
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