Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police
MottoKeeping People Safe and Protecting our Communities
Agency overview
Formed1 April 1974
Preceding agencies
Annual budget£95.4 million[2]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionCleveland, England
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Map of police area
Size595 km²
Legal jurisdictionEngland & Wales
Constituting instrument
General nature

Police Officers1,654[1]
Police Community Support Officers170[1]
Police and Crime Commissioner responsible
Agency executive
Local Policing AreasHartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough and

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 September 2017, the force had 1,274 police officers, 278 police staff, 124 police community support officers and 64 special constables.[3] In terms of officer numbers, Cleveland Police is the 12th smallest of the 48 police forces of the United Kingdom. Geographically, its area of responsibility is the second smallest of the territorial police forces with only the City of London Police having a smaller police area.

Cleveland Police area is divided into four local policing areas (LPAs), previously known as districts, which are coterminous with the four unitary authorities of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees. These LPAs are split between North and South of the River Tees for operational purposes. 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 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 favoured merging with the southern area of Durham Constabulary.[4] In July 2006, the plans to merge the three forces were scrapped.

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