About us

The Millenium Bridge in Gateshead.A male Police Officer talking to a member of the publicAn image of a patrol car by Woodhorn Colliery near Ashington, Northumberland

Northumbria Police serves a population of 1.5 million people and covers an area of more than 2,000 square miles in the North East of England, from the Scottish border down to County Durham and from the Pennines across to the North East coast.

Northumbria is one of the largest forces in the country and is recognised as one of the top performing in the UK.

Under the leadership of Chief Constable, Steve Ashman, Northumbria Police is committed to reducing crime, disorder and building trust and confidence in its communities.

The force has around 3,457 police officers, 1,479 police staff, 236 Special Constables and 208 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), who work together to prevent, detect and reduce crime in the Northumbria area. (figures last updated 15th July 2015)

The force is split into three geographical area commands and is supported by specialist departments.