Cambridgeshire Constabulary is the local territorial police force that covers the territory of the counties of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. It provides law enforcement and security for an area of just under 3400 km² and population of nearly a million people in a predominantly rural county. The force of Cambridgeshire includes the cities of Cambridge, Ely and Peterborough, the market towns of St Ives, Huntingdon and St Neots, and the historic Fenland towns of Ramsey, Chatteris, Wisbech, Whittlesey and March. The constabulary's logo is a crowned Brunswick star with two wavy blue lines representing the two major rivers that flow the area, the Cam and the Nene.
|Motto||Creating a safer Cambridgeshire |
|Formed||1836, 1965 (merger)|
|Annual budget||£134 million (2018)|
|Operations jurisdiction||Cambridgeshire, England|
|Map of police area|
|Size||3,389 km2 (1,309 sq mi)|
|Legal jurisdiction||England & Wales|
|Police and Crime Commissioner responsible|
|Area Commands||North (Peterborough, Fenland) |
South (Huntingdonshire, Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire, East Cambridgeshire)
According to a government report in July 2018 on policing numbers. The force consists of 1 383 police officers (making the county have a ratio of 163 officers per 100 000 people), 111 police community support officers and 778 members of staff. Together with 229 special constables and 84 police support volunteers. It has a budget in for the year of 2018 of £134 million, of which 78.4 million (58.5%) comes directly as an annual grant from the Home Office and the rest from local council taxes.
The head of the whole constabulary is Chief Constable Nick Dean, a former assistant chief constable of Norfolk Constabulary who came into the role as chief constable in October 2018. His deputies are head of investigations Deputy Chief Constable Jane Gyford, formerly a commander of the City of London Police and head of operations Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Sharn Basra, previously of Bedfordshire Police. One notable former chief constable is the current Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Julie Spence who was chief constable from 2005 to 2010.
The force was overseen by the Police & Crime Commissioner who was Jason Ablewhite, a former Conservative councillor of Huntingdonshire. He was supported by Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner Ray Bisby, a former officer for the Royal Ulster Constabulary (now known as the Police Service of Northern Ireland). The commissioner's office is based at force headquarters in Huntingdon. Jason Ablewhite resigned as the PCC in on the 11 November 2019, due to a referral that was made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
The constabulary headquarters is based in the Huntingdon suburb of Hitchingbrooke, which is home to the force executive board, information management and the force control room. The constabulary also works together with eleven police stations throughout the local policing area. They are: Cambridge (known simply as Parkside, after the street it is based on), Histon, Sawston, Ely, Cambourne, St Ives, Huntingdon town, St Neots, March, Wisbech, Hampton and Peterborough (known as Thorpe Wood, after the local nature park). It has a local police training facility in the parish of Abbots Ripton, near Alconbury (known as Monks Wood, after the local nature park).
In local policing management, the force area is subdivided into two areas (also called divisions) and are known simply as North and South. Northern local policing headquartered at Thorpe Wood, covers the city of Peterborough and the district of Fenland. It is supervised by a local senior management team headed by Superintendent Andy Gipp. Southern local policing is headquartered at Parkside, and it covers the districts of Cambridge City, South Cambridgeshire, East Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire. Its senior management team is headed by Superintendent Jon Hutchinson.
History & background
The origins of Cambridgeshire Constabulary date back to 1836, when the first police force in what is now the current boundaries of the force area was set up in the city of Cambridge under the name Cambridge Borough Police. This was later followed in Ely in 1841 by the magistrate of the town, as the Isle of Ely Constabulary covering Ely, Chatteris and March.
The boroughs of Huntingdonshire, Wisbech and Peterborough did not start their own police forces until 1857, under the County and Borough Police Act 1856, which required each borough should have its own local police force. Wisbech Borough Police came under the authority with the Isle of Ely Constabulary in 1889. In 1949, the two forces that cover the city of Peterborough; the Liberty of Peterborough Constabulary and the Peterborough City Police merged to form Peterborough Combined Police. Cambridge Borough Police was renamed Cambridge City Police in 1951, when a local force called Cambridgeshire Constabulary was formed to provide policing the rural area around city that was not covered by the borough police.
Mid-Anglia Constabulary to Cambridgshire Constabulary
In 1965, all five forces that exist in the Cambridgeshire area; Cambridge City Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Isle of Ely Constabulary, Huntingdonshire Constabulary, and Peterborough Combined Police amalgamated to form to the new Mid-Anglia Constabulary. The force was renamed Cambridgeshire Constabulary in 1974, when the new non-metropolitan county of Cambridgeshire was created by the Local Government Act 1972 with identical boundaries to the Mid-Anglia Constabulary area.
In 2001 the constabulary conducted one of Peterborough's biggest police enquiries following the racist murder of teenager Ross Parker.
2002 saw the Soham murders, an event that led to the biggest investigation in the history of Cambridgeshire police and one of the most expensive in the country, costing £3.5million.
Past and current collaboration
In March 2006, as part review on policing nationally the then Home Secretary Charles Clarke proposed the creation of an East Anglian force merging Cambridgeshire with Norfolk and Suffolk. While Norfolk and Cambridgeshire supported it, Suffolk would have preferred to have Eastern Coastal force with Norfolk and Essex. Essex on the other hand wanted to stay alone. However, these proposes were scrapped after a cabinet reshuffle with John Reid as the new Home Secretary.
Since 2010, the force has been collaborating with Bedfordshire Police and Hertfordshire Constabulary to form a mid-Anglia "triforce" with various departments collaborating to make local efficiencies with resources. Areas that have been collaborated include Human Resources, Information Technology, Major Crime Unit, Dog Unit, Tactical Firearms Unit, Information Management Unit, Tickets and Collisions Office, Road Policing Unit, Scenes of Crime and Procurement.
There is also collaboration on a seven-force function with the adjacent forces of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent with serious incident, counter terrorism and intelligence under the regional organised crime unit, the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU). Vehicle procurement is done in association with Thames Valley Police, British Transport Police and Civil Nuclear Constabulary as well as Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire under the Chiltern Transport Consortium.
- Cambridgeshire Constabulary (1851)
- Mid-Anglia Constabulary (1965)
- 1965–1974 : F Drayton Porter
- Cambridgeshire Constabulary (1974)
Officers killed in the line of duty
The Police Roll of Honour Trust lists and commemorates all British police officers killed in the line of duty, and since its establishment in 1984 has erected over 38 memorials to some of those officers.
Prior to 2012, Cambridgeshire Constabulary was overseen by a police authority that comprised 17 members. This was made up of nine district councillors, of which seven were nominated by Cambridgeshire County Council and two by Peterborough City Council, three magistrates, nominated by the county's Magistrates' Courts Committee; and five independent members, chosen from the community. However, In 2011 the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 was passed by Parliament which abolished Police Authorities in favour of an elected Police and Crime Commissioner. On 15 November 2012, elections took place in England and Wales to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner for each Police Area. In Cambridgeshire, the winning candidate was Conservative Sir Graham Bright, former MP for Luton. The Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner is scrutinised by the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel, made up of elected councillors from the local authorities in the police area.
|Cambridgeshire Commissioner election, 2012|
|Party||Candidate||1st round||2nd round|
First round votes Transfer votes
|Total||Of round||Transfers||Total||Of round|
|Conservative||Sir Graham Bright||23,731||26.8%||7,909||31,640||
|Liberal Democrats||Rupert Moss-Eccardt||7,530||8.5%||
|English Democrat||Stephen Goldspink||7,219||8.1%||
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