Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police
Cleveland Police
Logo of the Cleveland Police.
Motto Putting People First
Agency overview
Formed 1 April, 1974
Preceding agencies
Employees 2758[1]
Volunteers 195[1]
Annual budget £119.7 million[1]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Police area of Cleveland in the country of England, UK
England Police Forces (Cleveland).svg
Map of police area
Size 595 km²
Population 554,000
Legal jurisdiction England & Wales
Governing body Cleveland Police Authority
Constituting instrument Police Act 1996
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Middlesbrough
Constables 1,887 (of which 195 are special constables)[1]
Police Community Support Officers 170[1]
Agency executive Sean Price, Chief Constable
Basic Command Units Hartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough and Stockton-on-Tees
* Police area agency: Prescribed geographic area in the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

Cleveland Police is the territorial police force responsible for policing the area of former county of Cleveland in north east England. The Cleveland Police area covers approximately 230 square miles (600 km2) and has a population of over 554,000.

As of 30 January 2009, the force employed 1,692 police officers, 701 police staff and 170 police community support officers (PCSOs) and there were 195 special constables.[2]

Cleveland Police area is divided into four policing basic command units (BCUs), known locally as districts, which are coterminous with the four unitary authorities of Hartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough and Stockton-on-Tees. The force is responsible for policing a predominantly urban, densely populated area, closely resembling metropolitan authorities in socio-economic characteristics and policing needs.

The Cleveland Criminal Justice Area is a major production centre for the chemical industry, which results in the large-scale transport by road, rail and sea of hazardous substances. The chemical industry remains a key economic factor and presents the force, other emergency services and partners with a significant major incident risk.

The Police Authority is made up of seventeen members, nine from the four councils, three lay justices and five independent members.



The force was established as Cleveland Constabulary on 1 April 1974, covering the newly-created county of Cleveland (which was abolished on 1 April 1996, being replaced with the four unitary authorities). It was renamed Cleveland Police, from Cleveland Constabulary.

It is a successor to the Teesside Constabulary, and also the York and North East Yorkshire Police, which existed before 1974, and also took over part of Durham Constabulary. The police area is the second smallest geographically, after the area covered by the City of London Police.

Under proposals made by the Home Secretary on 6 February 2006, a proposal for a merger with Northumbria Police and Durham Constabulary to form a single strategic police force for the North East England was suggested but there was no support for this. Cleveland Police favours merging with the southern area of Durham Constabulary.[3] As of July 2006, the plans to merge Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria together were scrapped.


On 31 January 2007, the new headquarters in Middlesbrough were opened, boasting a 50-cell custody unit including a purpose-built prevention of terrorism suite, one of only three in the country. It has been designed to increase the speed and safety of detainee handling with secure vehicle docking, video links to court and CCTV links in all cells for improved prisoner safety.

The Middlesbrough headquarters is the centrepiece of Cleveland Police Authority’s multi-million pound Private Finance Initiative project which has also seen a new headquarters for Redcar and Cleveland district and new town offices in Redcar and South Bank. The building, which was officially opened by the then Home Secretary John Reid, is seen as not only the spearhead to policing Cleveland in the 21st century but also the gateway to the regeneration of the St Hilda’s area of the town and the flagship Middlehaven project.[4]

In 2008 Cleveland Police launched its volunteer scheme, by which members of the local community can offer a minimum of 4 hours a week helping the force. As the scheme progresses more roles are expected to become available.

On 5 January 2009 the force launched its cadets programme, something which many other police forces have operated for some years. There are 20 places available in each district, and the cadets will meet each week in groups run by Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers, Youth Workers and Volunteers. There will also be the chance to gain recognised qualifications, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Since 2010 Cleveland Police and neighbouring Durham Constabulary have shared road policing and firearms teams through a joint Specialist Operations Unit. These officers are based at Cleveland's base at Wynyard Park Business Park and Durham's station in Spennymoor.[5] Durham and Cleveland Police have shared a Tactical Training Centre in Urlay Nook, near Durham Tees Valley Airport, since 2001.

Force helicopter

Cleveland was a member of the North East Air Support Unit helicopter sharing agreement with neighbouring Durham Constabulary and Northumbria Police in which all three forces shared two helicopters, one based at Newcastle Airport and the other at Durham Tees Valley Airport.

In 2008 Durham and Northumbria decided that just one helicopter based at Newcastle Airport would be enough. Cleveland disagreed saying that this resource would be based many miles away from Cleveland and would leave it at a disadvantage, and would not agree to the proposal.

As a result Durham and Northumbria decided to leave the consortium of the three forces, leaving Cleveland to fund its own helicopter costing £500,000.

On 1 April 2009, the former North East Air Support Unit agreement officially ended, and the Cleveland Air Operations Unit was formed.[6] Cleveland Police have released a website of what the helicopter has been attending to.

See also

  • List of police forces in the United Kingdom
  • Policing in the United Kingdom


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