Suffolk Constabulary is the territorial police force responsible for policing Suffolk in East Anglia, England. Suffolk Constabulary is responsible for policing an area of 939,510 acres, with a population of 678,074 and 288,473 households; the area covered is principally rural and coastal and the force has two territorial areas: Eastern and Western. The Eastern Area HQ is at the Western Area HQ at Bury St Edmunds; each area is divided into sectors, with boundaries matching those of local district or borough councils. There are a total of 14 sectors across the county, each commanded by an inspector or chief inspector; as of 2 July 2005, Suffolk Constabulary had 1,305 police officers and 841 police staff, supplemented by 264 special constables, 15 traffic wardens and 34 police community support officers. It was overseen by a Police Authority consisting of nine councillors, three justices of the peace and five independent members, but in common with other English and Welsh forces outside London is now responsible to a Police and Crime Commissioner.
The current Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner is Tim Passmore of the Conservative Party. The retirement of Douglas Paxton after a long period of ill health has now lead to the appointment of T/CC Gareth Wilson to the role of the new Chief Constable; the National Police Air Service operates the helicopter from Wattisham Airfield serving Suffolk and East Anglia. However the NPAS announced in February 2015 that Suffolk’s police helicopter base is set to close with plans for 10 bases to be closed across the country to take effect in the 2016/2017 financial year; this will leave Boreham near Chelmsford as the closest base to Suffolk. As part of continued savings for Suffolk Constabulary, In 2011 the Suffolk and Norfolk Constabularies dogs sections collaborated; the new unit consists of 25 Police Constable dog handlers and overseen by two Police Sergeants and an Inspector. The unit uses Home Office licensed general purpose dogs that are either German Shepherds or Belgium Malinois. In addition a number of handlers operate specialist search dogs capable of detecting either cash, firearms or explosives.
For this role the Constabulary uses a number of breeds including Labradors. Officers part of the Traffic Police are responsible for the policing the two main road networks in Suffolk, the A14 and the A12, in addition to the county's highways; the department uses Automatic Number Plate Recognition on many of the unit's vehicles to reduce vehicle crime, including identifying vehicles without relevant documents or insurance. The unit conducts targeted campaigns to increase public awareness of dangers on the road, these are divided into five main elements from the National Roads Policing Strategy: Reducing the number of road casualties. Denying criminals use of the roads. Preventing anti-social use of motor vehicles. Enhancing public confidence and reassurance by patrolling the county’s roads. Countering terrorism; the firearms unit in Suffolk Police is known as the Tactical Firearms Unit made up Authorised Firearms Officers and have a specialist rifle team. The TFU are trained in conflict management and method of entry, they are trained to use specialist equipment to gain quick entry into properties and assist with search warrants.
Armoury: Glock 17 self-loading pistol G36 Carbine TMR1 7.62mm rifle Heckler & Koch 5.56 mm rifle Remington pump action shotgun. A more recent addition is the Koch baton gun; this provides officers with a less lethal option. TFU officers have the X26 Taser available for deployment as another less lethal option; the Taser operates by discharging two barbs, which attach to the clothing, or penetrate the skin of the person. This creates a circuit through which 50000 volts of electricity is passed causing temporary incapacitation; the force formed from the merger of East Suffolk Constabulary. Those forces had been merged in 1869 and the split again in 1899; the most recent merger took place in 1967, which saw the Ipswich borough police merged. In 2006 Suffolk Constabulary merged the role of traffic warden with that of PCSO; those traffic wardens that did not wish to pursue this role either retired or took employment elsewhere. Proposals announced by the Home Secretary Charles Clarke on 20 March 2006 would have seen the force merge with neighbouring forces Norfolk Constabulary and Cambridgeshire Constabulary to form a strategic police force for East Anglia.
However, the proposals were abandoned. 1967–1968: Sir Peter Jack Matthews <1970–1976: Arthur Burns 1976–1983: Stuart Leonard Whiteley 1989–1998: Anthony Thomas Coe 1998–2002: Sir Paul Joseph Scott-Lee (afterwards Chief Constable of the West Midlands, 2002} 2003–2007: Alastair McWhirter 2007–??: Simon Ash 2013–2015: Douglas Paxton 2016: Gareth Wilson Suffolk Constabulary gained widespread attention in December 2006, when it began to investigate the murder of five women working as prostitutes in the Ipswich area. The murders generated media interest both nationally and internationally; the inquiry was the largest mounted by Suffolk Police in its history. The disappearance of Corrie McKeague launched another unusually large investigation, involving officers from other constabularies and civilian volunteers. Policing in the United Kingdom Suffolk Police Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner
Avon and Somerset Constabulary
Avon and Somerset Constabulary is the territorial police force responsible for law enforcement in the county of Somerset and the now-defunct county of Avon, which includes the city and county of Bristol and the unitary authorities of Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. As of September 2017 the force had a workforce of 2,630 police officers, 2,275 police staff, 315 police community support officers and 340 special constables; the constabulary provides service for over 1.6 million people and, in terms of geographic area of responsibility, is the 11th largest in England and Wales. The police area covered by Avon & Somerset Constabulary today can trace its policing heritage back to the start of the modern policing system; the Municipal Corporations Act 1835 created municipal boroughs across England and Wales, each with the power to create a borough police force. Prior to this time'policing' was unrecognisable from today's system with watchmen and parish constables providing variable levels of law enforcement, if any, driven by magistrates.
As a result of the Act the following borough police forces were created within the current Avon and Somerset Constabulary police area: Bath City Police, Bristol Constabulary, Bridgwater Borough Police, Wells City Police, Glastonbury Borough Police, Chard Borough Police, Yeovil Borough Police. However, outside of the new boroughs there was no modern police. Therefore, the government introduced the County Police Act 1839 which permitted county authorities to set up county forces to police areas outside of the boroughs. Following these Acts, Gloucestershire Constabulary was created in 1839 which covered what is now the north part of the current police area of Avon & Somerset Constabulary. There was still some opposition to the new model of policing however, rural Somerset had no police force until 1856; the County and Borough Police Act 1856 mandated. Somerset Constabulary commenced policing the county in 1856 with Wells City Police and Glastonbury Borough Police merging into the new county force immediately, with Yeovil Borough Police following a year later.
In the 19th century the Local Government Act 1888 required that all boroughs with populations of less than 10,000 amalgamate their police force with the adjoining county constabulary. This signalled the end of Chard Borough Police who merged into Somerset Constabulary on 1 April 1888. In 1940, Bridgwater Borough Police voluntarily became part of Somerset constabulary, the small force having a 101-year history, with the 20 officers of the borough police becoming Somerset County officers upon merger. During the 20th century the number of individual police forces across the United Kingdom was reduced across the country on grounds of efficiency; the Police Act 1964 gave the Home Secretary the power to enforce amalgamations but this was not required when Somerset Constabulary and Bath City Police voluntarily agreed to merge forming the Somerset and Bath Constabulary on 1 January 1967. This resulted in 3 police forces left covering the geographic area, now the responsibility of Avon & Somerset Constabulary.
This situation ended 7 years on 1 April 1974 following the implementation the Local Government Act 1972 which created Avon and Somerset Constabulary following the amalgamation of Somerset and Bath Constabulary with Bristol Constabulary and the southern part of Gloucestershire Constabulary. **First Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset Constabulary upon its formation. Had been Chief Constable of one of the preceding forces – Somerset and Bath Constabulary from 1967, prior to, Chief Constable of Somerset Constabulary from 1955. Colin Port served as the Chief Constable of the Constabulary since January 2005, however after the Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens announced on 22 November 2012 that she would invite applications for the role rather than extending his contract, Port decided not to re-apply for the position and retired in March 2013. In January 2013, Port took the PCC to court to seek an injunction to block the interviews of candidates for the post of Chief Constable, however the case did not succeed.
Nick Gargan was appointed as the next Chief Constable in March 2013, however just over a year in mid-May 2014, Gargan was suspended by Commissioner Mountstevens following allegations of'inappropriate behaviour towards female officers and staff'. The enquiry into the allegations was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Gargan is reported by the Commissioner to have denied the allegations. During the first part of Gargan's suspension, the force was run by Deputy Chief Constable, John Long. Long stood down as acting Chief Constable at the end of August 2015, where he was replaced by Gareth Morgan, serving as Deputy Chief Constable for Long. Gargan resigned from the position in October 2015. Morgan continued serving as acting Chief Constable after Gargan's resignation until Commissioner Mountstevens appointed Andy Marsh, the former Chief Constable of the Hampshire Constabulary, as the new Chief Constable of the Constabulary in February 2016; the constabulary is overseen by the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, a new elected position which replaced the Avon and Somerset Police Authority in November 2012.
The police and crime commissioner is scrutinised by the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel, consisting of elected councillors from the police area. The first police and crime commissioner, elected on 15 November 2012 and took
The Tipstaff is an officer of a court or, in some countries, a law clerk to a judge. The duties of the position vary from country to country, it is the name of a symbolic rod, which represents the authority of the tipstaff or other officials such as senior police officers. The office of the Tipstaff is thought to have been created in the 14th century. One of the earliest records of the Tipstaff was mentioned in 1570: "The Knight Marshall with all hys tippe staues", it is a position of ceremonial duties. An earlier mention of tipstaff is in 1555 when the Rev'd Rowland Taylor was burned at the stake during the reign of Queen Mary I for his religious views that were contrary to those of the Lord Chancellor Gardiner. In Foxe's Book of Martyrs it states that Taylor would have spoken to the people but as soon as he opened his mouth the yeoman of the guard thrust a tipstaff into his mouth, would in no way permit him to speak; this is quoted in the book Five English Reformers by J. C. Ryle; the name originates from the early law enforcement officers who would apprehend a person intended for arrest by enforcing their duty, if necessary, with a tipped staff or stave.
The staff was made of both, topped with a crown. The crown, which unscrewed, could be removed to reveal inside the hollow staff a warrant appointing the holder to his position of authority; some staffs were a means of protection and this is where the present day policeman's baton originates. Examples remain at the Royal Courts of Justice and the Metropolitan Police museum in London and vary depending on the type and rank of officer; these tipstaves were first carried in the late early 19th centuries. When detectives were first authorised the tipstaves issued to plain clothes officers from 1867 were re-issued in 1870 engraved "Metropolitan Police officer in plain clothes"; the staff kept at the Royal Courts of Justice is now only used on ceremonial occasions. It is 12 inches in length and made of ebony decorated with a silver crown and three bands of silver engraved with the Royal Arms at the top. Around the middle is inscribed "AMOS HAWKINS, TIPSTAFF COURTS OF CHANCERY" and around the bottom is inscribed "Appointed 14th January, 1884, by the Rt.
Hon. The Earl of Selborne, L. C." with another coats of Royal Arms. The date was that. Prior to 1884, each Tipstaff had his own staff; the emblem of two crossed tipstaves within a wreath appears on the rank insignia of senior police officers in several Commonwealth countries, including the United Kingdom and Australia. In Canada, the emblem is used for the most senior officers of the Ontario Provincial Police and Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. In Australia, a tipstaff is equivalent to a law clerk in the United States; the term is used principally in the Supreme Court of New South Wales. There are two Tipstaves in England and Wales: one is an officer of the Royal Borough of Kingston and the other an officer of the High Court of England and Wales, appointed under section 27 of the Courts Act 1971, it is the latter. The High Court Tipstaff may appoint three assistants and can call on any constable, bailiff or member of the public to assist in carrying out their duties, their jurisdiction extends throughout Wales.
They are authorised to force entry if necessary, will have a police officer present to prevent breach of the peace. The relevant territorial police force is informed of arrests. Sometimes a local bailiff or police will detain a person in custody until the Tipstaff arrives to collect him and take him to court or prison. Pentonville Prison is obliged to take into custody‚ no matter what the circumstances‚ anybody taken there by the Tipstaff. Tipstaff may make the same demands of the custody suite within the Royal Courts of Justice itself, they are obliged to take into custody any individual he brings there; the Tipstaff heads a procession of the Lord Chancellor and judges at the start of the legal year‚ preceding them with his staff as a symbol of authority and law enforcement. They lead the Lord Mayor from his golden coach to the Lord Chief Justice's Court for the "swearing in" of the Lord Mayor‚ afterwards attending the Lord Mayor's Banquet, having led the Lord Chancellor into the Guildhall.
The black uniform‚ only worn on ceremonial occasions‚ is based on that of a Victorian police inspector. They wear a black hat with gold braid trimmings and jacket with silver buttons‚ a wing collar with a white bow tie and white gloves; the Tipstaff is the only person authorised to make an arrest within the precincts of the Royal Courts of Justice. Every applicable order made in the High Court is addressed to the Tipstaff: "I hereby command you the Tipstaff and your assistants in Her Majesty's name to take and safely convey and deliver the said... to the Governor of Her Majesty's Prison...". The majority of their work involves taking children into custody ‚ including cases of child abduction abroad. In child abduction cases, there may be a'seek and locate' order backed by a bench warrant ordering any person with knowledge of the child to give that information to the Tipstaff or to his deputy or assistants. Related orders may require the alleged abductor to hand his or her passport and other travel documents to the Tipstaff, order the Tipstaff to take the child and deliver him/her to a designated place.
There may be a'port alert' executed by the Tipstaff, to help prevent the child being taken abroad. In the case of children who have been declared a ward of court i.e. where the court is acting in loco parentis, the Tipstaff h
Wiltshire Police known as Wiltshire Constabulary, is the territorial police force responsible for policing the county of Wiltshire in the south-west of England. In terms of officer numbers, it is the third smallest force in the United Kingdom but has the 20th largest geographic area to police of the 45 territorial police forces of the country. Before 1839, policing in Wiltshire was the responsibility of petty and parish constables, who were supervised by magistrates; this was ineffective as they were unpaid and untrained. Independent and private forces, such as the Devizes Prosecution Society and continued to operate after Wiltshire Police was formed; the Municipal Corporations Act 1835 meant that Salisbury Borough was formed and was required to have an official city force, that would replace the local force: New Sarum Police. The Salisbury City Police was founded in 1836 and was the first modern police force to operate in Wiltshire. In 1839, several groups of labourers rioted in many parts of the county over the price of food and the introduction of new farm equipment, taking their jobs.
In response to the 225 incidents, residents of Wiltshire called for the formation of a police force similar to Robert Peel's Metropolitan Police force, whose'A' division had visited in 1836 to help control riots. When the County Police Act 1839 was introduced, Wiltshire became the first county to form a county-level police force, with Wiltshire Constabulary being established on Wednesday 13 November 1839 at The Bear Hotel, mere hours before the second; the first Chief Constable was Captain Samuel Meredith RN who placed an advertisement in the local paper to recruit 200 constables who were paid 17/6d a week. New constables were given their uniform and an instruction booklet and sent off to work without any training or guidance, it was not until 1843. Wiltshire Constabulary started operating from January 1840 and had filled all its posts by summertime; the Chief Constable spent the first months of his time visiting all the boroughs in Wiltshire, spending all his £400 salary on travel. The first ranks were only Constable and Superintendent, but Sergeant, Inspector and five classes of Constable were introduced.
Notable events for Wiltshire Police include the Rode Hill House murder in 1860, the bomb explosion outside Salisbury Guildhall in September 1884, the Trowbridge Christmas Eve murder in 1925 and escorting Louis Blériot when displaying his famous cross-channel aeroplane. Salisbury continued to have a separate police force to the rest of Wiltshire until World War II, when the two were merged; the merger took effect on 1 April 1943 and was a temporary measure, but became permanent after the war ended. On 6 July 1961, Sir Charles Carter Chitham, a retired policeman of the former British India, laid the foundation stone of the new Wiltshire Police county headquarters at Devizes. Twice in the 1980s, Wiltshire Police officers had to cover for the prison officers of Erlestoke Prison when they went on strike. In 1985, the force was involved in the Battle of the Beanfield, which prevented a convoy of new age travellers, known as the Peace Convoy, from establishing the fourteenth Stonehenge free festival at Stonehenge.
The incident led to accusations of a police riot. The police had to deal with the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp who were protesting against nuclear weapons being kept in Greenham Common, Berkshire. Most the 1980s saw the introduction of the Police National Computer and Control systems and the HOLMES investigation system. A national probationary training programme was introduced in all forces for new recruits. In 2005, Wiltshire Constabulary changed its name to Wiltshire Police. 1839–1870 Captain Samuel Meredith RN 1870–1908 Captain Robert Sterne RN 1908–1943 Colonel Sir Höel Llewellyn DSO, DL 1943–1946 Mr W. T. Brooks 1946–1963 Lt Colonel Harold Golden CBE 1963–1979 Mr George Robert Glendinning OBE, QPM 1979–1983 Mr Kenneth Mayer QPM 1983–1988 Mr Donald Smith OBE, QPM 1988–1997 Mr Walter Girven QPM, LL B, FBIM 1997–2004 Dame Elizabeth Neville DBE, QPM, MA, PhD 2004–2007 Mr Martin Richards QPM 2008–2012 Mr Brian Moore QPM 2012–2013 Mr Patrick Geenty 2013–2015 Mr Patrick Geenty 2015–2018 Mr Mike Veale 2018– Mr Kier Pritchard 2018– Mr Paul Mills The force was under the local oversight of the Wiltshire Police Authority until 2012.
The police authority had nine councillor members, who were appointed from Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council, eight independent members, one of whom was a justice of the peace. The responsible government department is the Home Office. On 15 November 2012, the Crime Commissioner elections took place in England and Wales. In Wiltshire, Angus Macpherson was elected Crime Commissioner; the police and crime commissioner is scrutinised by the Wiltshire Police and Crime Panel, made up of elected councillors from the local authorities in the police area. Wiltshire Police is not divided into divisions; the county was divided into Divisions A, B, C and D. This was changed to D and E division; this has changed to just one division called'W' meaning that Wiltshire Police does not have divisions, just one Basic Command Unit. Instead the organisation is divided into command sectors headed by Inspectors; each sector has a'hub' where all officers are based, who travel to their patrol area returning only to the'hub' when necessary.
NPT officers are stationed at local police stations and do not follow
Northamptonshire Police is the territorial police force responsible for policing the county of Northamptonshire in the East Midlands of England, in the United Kingdom. The Northampton Police area includes Brackley, Burton Latimer, Daventry, Higham Ferrers, Kettering, Oundle, Rothwell, Towcester and Wellingborough across 914 square miles with a resident population of 710,000, it responds to more than one million phone calls a year, with more than 120,000 of these being emergency 999 or 112 calls. Prior to the establishment of uniformed police forces in the United Kingdom, each parish had a Parish Constable – a person appointed locally who had responsibility for enforcing the law within their own village. In villages and towns, a system known as Watch and Ward was employed, where paid Watchmen guarded towns at night. Northamptonshire Police can trace its earliest roots to 1840 when the Northamptonshire Constabulary and Daventry Constabulary were formed; the establishment of police forces at that time was based upon principles established by Sir Robert Peel, the Home Secretary in 1822 and founder of modern-day policing in most Westminster-based systems of government.
Known as the Peelian Principles, they describe a philosophy that define an ethical police force and include: Every police officer should be issued an identification number, to assure accountability for his actions. Whether the police are effective is not measured on the number of arrests, but on the lack of crime. Above all else, an effective authority figure knows accountability are paramount. Hence, Peel's most quoted principle that "The police are the public and the public are the police”. Upon creation, Northamptonshire Constabulary started with seven superintendents and 35 police constables, who worked in a primitive shift system and were paid 12 shillings a week. In 1930, Northamptonshire Constabulary rolled-out their first motorised vehicles for law enforcement use; the inventory included four motorcycles for police officer use. The vehicles were stationed throughout the county, with one car based in Daventry and the other in Kettering; the motorcycles were stationed in Northampton, Wellingborough and Towcester.
The Northamptonshire Constabulary merged with the borough police forces within Northamptonshire on 1 April 1966 to form Northampton and County Constabulary with an estimated 442 officers and actual strength of 387. The Force was renamed the Northamptonshire Police on 1 January 1975; the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner is an elected official charged with securing efficient and effective policing within the County. The position replaces the now abolished police authorities; the PCC is elected for four-year terms. The first incumbents were elected on 15 November 2012; the current PCC is Mr. Stephen Mold, elected to office on 5 May 2016 to a term expiring in May 2020; the core functions of the PCC is to secure the maintenance of an efficient and effective police force within Northamptonshire, to hold the Chief Constable to account for the delivery of the police and crime plan. The PCC is charged with holding the police fund and raising the local policing precept from council tax. Lastly, the PCC is responsible for the appointment and dismissal of the Chief Constable.
Shortly after their election to office, the PCC is required to produce a Crime Plan. The plan must include their objectives for policing, what resources will be provided to the Chief Constable and how performance will be measured. Both the PCC and the Chief Constable must have regard to the Police and Crime Plan in the exercise of their duties; the PCC is required to produce an annual report to the public on progress in policing. The Police and Crime Plan 2014-2017 is Northamptonshire Police’s foundation document; the PCC is charged with managing the ` police fund'. The bulk of funding for the police fund comes from the Home Office in the form of an annual grant, though the PCC has the authority to set a precept on the Council Tax to raise additional funds; the PCC is responsible for setting the budget for the Force, which includes allocating enough money from the overall policing budget to ensure that they can discharge their own functions effectively. Police officers and staff operate from the Police Force Headquarters at Wootton Hall in Northampton as well an additional six smaller stations based in: Corby, Kettering, Northampton and Weston Favell.
There are two Justice Centres: Criminal Justice Centre - This is a base for police support staff and has a custody centre. Weekley Wood Justice Centre - This is a base for police support staff and has a custody centre. Weekley Wood is a joint base for administrative staff of the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service; the force is led by the chief constable, is composed of: The chief officers and Force Command Team. Chief officers is a collective term for the chief constable, deputy chief constable and assistant chief constable; the chief constable is the most senior officer within Northamptonshire Police and holds command of the force. The chief constable is accountable to the police and crime commissioner, who appoints chief const
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, 25 designated officers and 86 special constables. In terms of officer numbers, it is the 7th smallest of the 48 police forces of the United Kingdom. Conversely, its geographic area of responsibility is the 7th largest police area of a territorial police force in the United Kingdom; the force area's size and its population of just under 500,000 people makes it sparsely populated. The only major urban areas are Barrow-in-Furness. There are significant areas of isolated and rural community, 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; the county has some 700 miles of trunk and primary roads. The Chief Constable is Michelle Skeer.
The headquarters of the force are at Penrith. 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; this command is further divided into three geographic Territorial Policing Areas 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 teams for the purposes of neighbourhood policing; the major elements of the Territorial Policing Command are as follows: Responsible for neighbourhood and response policing across the following geographic areas: Carlisle District Eden District Responsible for neighbourhood and response policing across the following geographic areas: Barrow Borough District South Lakeland District Responsible for neighbourhood and response policing across the following geographic areas Allerdale District Copeland District Within this section are force wide units which support the TPAs or units from the Crime Command, or provide a specialist service: Roads Policing Firearms Dog section PSG Civil Contingencies Collision Investigation Firearms Licensing Safety Camera/CTO Within this section is the Command and Control Room, including the Force Incident Manager and the call taking centre.
This command is responsible for significant investigations and is predominantly staffed by detectives. The command is divided as follows: Intelligence Force Intelligence Bureau Intelligence Analysis Area Intelligence Units Operations Public Protection Units CID Volume Crimes Force Major Investigations Safeguarding Hub Forensics Cumbria Constabulary is a partner in the following collaboration: North West Police Underwater Search & Marine Unit Cumberland and Westmorland Constabulary was formed in 1856. In 1947 this force absorbed Kendal Borough Police. Less than 20 years this amalgamated force absorbed Carlisle City Police to form a force broadly the same as today's force called the Cumberland and Carlisle Constabulary. In 1965, it had an establishment of 652 and an actual strength of 617. 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. 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. Cumbria Constabulary 1968–1980: William Cavey 1980–1987: Barry David Keith Price 1991–1997: Alan Elliott 1997–2001: Colin Phillips 2001–2007: Michael Baxter 2007-2012: Sir Craig Thomas Mackey QPM 2012-2013 Stuart Hyde QPM 2014-2018 Jerry Graham QPM 2018–: Michelle Skeer The Police Roll of Honour Trust lists and commemorates all British police officers killed in the line of duty; the force's first, to date only, murder of an officer occurred on 10 February 1965. Constable George William Russell, aged 36, was fatally shot when and knowing that colleagues had been fired on, he confronted an armed suspect and called upon him to surrender at a railway station in Kendal.
Russell was posthumously awarded the Queen's Police Medal for gallantry and a memorial plaque has been unveiled on a wall at Carlisle Cathedral. PC Keith Easterbrook was fatally injured in a road traffic accident, while assisting in a vehicle pursuit, when a van he was overtaking pulled out and collided with his police motorcycle, on the A595 near Workington. PC William "Bill" Barker was killed whilst on duty on 20 November 2009. At night during severe weather and flooding across the county, the officer was directing motorists to safety off Northside Bridge, in a dangerous condition, when the bridge was destroyed by the flood and he was swept away and killed, his body found on a beach at Allonby that afternoon. Barker had completed 25 years police service and was a traffic officer attached to the Roads Policing Unit based at Workington. Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Policing in the United Kingdom PC John Kent - The first black British police officer, who served with the Carlisle City Police between 1837 and 1844 Official website