Humberside Police

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Humberside Police
Humbersidepolice2011.gif
Logo of the Humberside Police.
MottoProtecting Communities, Targeting Criminals[1]
Agency overview
Formed1974
Preceding agencies
Employees4,032[2]
Volunteers344[2]
Annual budget£164.9 million[2]
Legal personalityGovernmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction*Police area of Humberside in the country of England, UK
England Police Forces (Humberside).svg
Map of Humberside Police's jurisdiction.
Size3,517 km²
Population1,140,200
Legal jurisdictionEngland & Wales
Constituting instrumentPolice Act 1996
General nature
Operational structure
HeadquartersKingston upon Hull
Constables1,771 (of which 351 are special constables)[3]
Police Community Support Officers318[2]
Police and Crime Commissioner responsibleMatthew Grove, (C)
Agency executives
Divisions4
Stations31
Facilities
Airbases1
Custody Suites6
HelicoptersMD Helicopters MD Explorer 902
Website
www.humberside.police.uk
Footnotes
* Police area agency: Prescribed geographic area in the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.
 
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Humberside Police
Humbersidepolice2011.gif
Logo of the Humberside Police.
MottoProtecting Communities, Targeting Criminals[1]
Agency overview
Formed1974
Preceding agencies
Employees4,032[2]
Volunteers344[2]
Annual budget£164.9 million[2]
Legal personalityGovernmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction*Police area of Humberside in the country of England, UK
England Police Forces (Humberside).svg
Map of Humberside Police's jurisdiction.
Size3,517 km²
Population1,140,200
Legal jurisdictionEngland & Wales
Constituting instrumentPolice Act 1996
General nature
Operational structure
HeadquartersKingston upon Hull
Constables1,771 (of which 351 are special constables)[3]
Police Community Support Officers318[2]
Police and Crime Commissioner responsibleMatthew Grove, (C)
Agency executives
Divisions4
Stations31
Facilities
Airbases1
Custody Suites6
HelicoptersMD Helicopters MD Explorer 902
Website
www.humberside.police.uk
Footnotes
* Police area agency: Prescribed geographic area in the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

Humberside Police is the territorial police force responsible for policing an area covering the East Riding of Yorkshire, the city of Kingston upon Hull, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire. The incumbent Chief Constable is Justine Curran, who took over in 2013 after the retirement of Tim Hollis, CBE, QPM.

History[edit]

Humberside Police was created in 1974 following a merger of previous forces under the Local Government Act 1972, along with the non-metropolitan county of Humberside. It was a successor to the Hull City Police, and part of the areas of the York and North East Yorkshire Police, the old Lincolnshire Constabulary and the West Yorkshire Constabulary.

Since the abolition of Humberside in 1996, the local council members of the Police Authority are now appointed by a joint committee of the councils of the East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull, North Lincolnshire, and North East Lincolnshire.

Proposals made by the Home Secretary on 21 March 2006 would have seen the force merge with North Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Police to form a strategic police force for the entire region.[4] These proposals have since been 'put on hold' by the government.

Humberside Police Authority[edit]

On 21 November 2012 the Humberside Police Authority will be made redundant by the introduction of the Police and Crime Commissioner role, who take to office on 22 November, the Police and Crime Commissioner will take over responsibilities that where undertaken by the authority.

The Humberside Police Authority, at the time it ceased to exist, had 17 members in total; 9 Local Authority Elected members from the area's four Unitary Authorities and 8 Independent Members.[5]

Chief Constable[edit]

The Chief Constable is Justine Curran, who was formerly Chief Constable at Tayside Police in Scotland before the introduction of the national Police Scotland service on 1 April 2013, she was unanimously approved by the Humberside Police and Crime panel after Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Grove, proposed her for the post.[6] Curren took over the position from Tim Hollis CBE QPM who retired from the service in March 2013.

Police fleet[edit]

Humberside uses a wide variety of vehicles, marked and unmarked. ProViDa is the standard in-car video unit used; the new 1997 Jai/ProViDa is also used. Nearly all of the vehicles in the forces fleet are now being changed to the instantly recognisable battenberg livery, with only vehicles such as those used by the Road Crime Unit staying in the traditional livery. All new cars and vans are coming in this livery, with older vehicles being re-liveried as a matter of course. All new vehicles coming into service now use LED lightbar technology, as opposed to the older halogen rotating light bars. The LED lightbars are much clearer to see, and provide a lot more illumination, along with front spots and rear reds. The main vehicles used are:

Specialist vehicles[edit]

The fleet also consists of many specialist vehicles which are used for specific purposes. These include an Underwater Search vehicle, a bullet-proof Land Rover Defender, a Leyland Prison Bus, plus marked Police recovery vehicles.

Performance[edit]

Humberside Police Lexus IS-F cruiser. (above)
A Proton Impian of the Humberside Police. (below)

The force under performed for a number of years and in October 2006 was named, jointly (with Northamptonshire Police), as the worst performing police force in the country, based on data released from the Home Office[8][9]

In 2007 the force moved off the bottom of the unofficial league table thanks to "major improvements" in performance, according to the Home Office.[10]

Since then performance has continued to improve with a 20% reduction in total recorded crime (to March 2009). This overall reduction has included reductions in recorded vehicle crime (down 39%), domestic burglary (down 12%) and robbery (down 36%). The force is also now starting to see increases in public confidence. Figures published by the Home Office in July 2009 showed that between 2007/08 and 2008/09, Humberside Police had the second highest increase of all forces in England and Wales in the percentage of British Crime Survey British Crime Survey respondents who agree that their local police do an excellent/good job.

A report published in October 2009, following inspections by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary between April and August, identified Humberside Police as one of the top eight forces in the country.[11]

In April 2009 the force was cited as the poorest performing force for completing Criminal Record Bureaux (CRB) checks. The Home Office requirement is for 95% of requests to be completed within 14 days; Humberside Police managed to complete just 15%. As such checks are a condition of employment in numerous sectors the failure of the force to meet targets has caused delays for those waiting to commence employment in such areas.[12]

Graham Stuart, the Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, said he was disgusted with the failure of Humberside Police to carry out criminal record bureau checks within a reasonable time. He went to say “The delay in processing them stops people taking up work and has a crippling impact on voluntary groups who have to get their volunteers approved. The Humberside Police are seriously lagging behind virtually every other constabulary in the country and local people are being let down."[13]

Controversy[edit]

The Police Authority shot to the national headlines in mid-2004 when it refused to sack Chief Constable David Westwood despite instructions from the then Home Secretary, David Blunkett.[14] The Home Secretary eventually obtained a court order suspending Westwood.[15] The Authority had come under pressure to sack Westwood due to the Soham Inquiry blaming in part failings in Humberside Police to properly inform the authorities of Grimsby- born Ian Huntley, who was known to Humberside Police and local social services after there had been reports of nine sexual offences that Huntley had been suspected of, and also an alleged burglary. In only one of the sex offence investigations was Huntley charged (with rape) and remanded in custody, but the case was dropped due to insufficient evidence, and his burglary case was left on file. Huntley was not convicted of any crime (his only actual conviction was for a minor motoring offence in 1993), and Humberside Police did not adequately inform the authorities in Cambridgeshire about Huntley when he moved to Soham to work as a school caretaker. He was found guilty of murdering two 10-year-old girls (Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman) in 2003.

It returned to the headlines in 2005 when Colin Inglis, its chairman at the time of the crisis appeared in court charged with indecent assault.[16][17] Mr Inglis was cleared of all allegations in July 2006.[18]

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC)[edit]

On Thursday 15 November 2012 the people of Humberside went to the polling stations to vote for a candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Humberside Police, as did the rest of the people of England and Wales, except the Metropolitan Police area, to vote for a PCC in their respective police services. Following the poll Matthew Grove was elected as the new Police and Crime Commissioner for the Humberside Police area.[19] When the commissioner took up office the existing Police Authority was abolished.

Documentaries[edit]

Traffic Cops[edit]

Humberside Police have taken part in the BBC One documentary series of Traffic Cops, the programme shows the day-to-day aspects of a Police Officer within the Traffic Department of the Service and the incidents and emergencies that they deal with which often, but not always, relate to roads policing issues.

The Humberside Police Traffic Department has also taken part in the separate spin off series billed as Traffic Cops Specials, entitled Motorway Cops on occasions, which often shows the Central Motorway Police Group, however often includes Humberside and numerous other forces Motorway Cops as they each deal with Incidents and Emergencies that occur on the motorways.

The Lock Up[edit]

Humberside Police recently participated in a documentary serious named The Lock Up, where cameras followed Police and Custody officers in their work at the Custody Suite at Humberside Police Headquarters on Priory Road, Cottingham, East Riding of Yorkshire.

The documentary has had 2 series, the first aired on BBC Three which started showing on 4 February 2011[20] consisting of 8 episodes where cameras rolled 24/7; the second series was aired primarily on the main BBC Channel, BBC One.

Neighbourhood Blues[edit]

Humberside Police have also participated in the second series of Neighbourhood Blues, that covered the work of the forces Neighbourhood Policing Teams. This was aired on weekday mornings for two weeks starting on 12 December 2012, on BBC One.[21]

Officers killed in the line of duty[edit]

The Police Memorial 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.

Since the formation of Humberside Police 5 officers have been killed in the line of duty, these officers are:[22]

Notable incidents and investigations[edit]

Notable major incidents and investigations in which Humberside Police have been involved in include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.humberside.police.uk/
  2. ^ a b c d http://police.homeoffice.gov.uk/performance-and-measurement/performance-assessment/assessments-2007-2008/humberside
  3. ^ "Tables for 'Police workforce, England and Wales, 31 March 2013". HM Government. Office for National Statistics. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Police merger plan is recommended". BBC News Online (BBC). 21 March 2006. Retrieved 15 November 2007. 
  5. ^ "Humberside Police Authority (http://www.humberside-pa.org.uk)". 12 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Humberside Police appoints its first female chief constable". BBC News (BBC). 6 February 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Oscar 99 Aircraft". Humberside Police. 24 June 2002. Retrieved 18 April 2008. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Humberside 'worst police force'". BBC News Online (BBC). 24 October 2006. Retrieved 15 November 2007. 
  9. ^ "Police Performance Assessments 2005/06" ([1] PDF (1.06 MiB)). Home Office. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Police force sheds 'worst' label". BBC News Online (BBC). 9 October 2007. Retrieved 10 October 2007. 
  11. ^ http://inspectorates.homeoffice.gov.uk/hmic/Inspections/Policing-Pledge-2009/policing-pledge-press-release?view=Binary
  12. ^ http://www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk/news/Police-admit-crime-check-delaysarticle-945212-details/article.html
  13. ^ "Graham Stuart 'disgusted' with CRB checking performance by police". Graham Stuart MP. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  14. ^ "Authority's statement in full". BBC News Online. 2 July 2004. Retrieved 15 November 2007. 
  15. ^ "Embattled police chief suspended". BBC News Online (BBC). 2 July 2004. Retrieved 15 November 2007. 
  16. ^ "Police authority chief suspended". BBC News Online (BBC). 9 June 2005. Retrieved 15 November 2007. 
  17. ^ "Ex-police authority head charged". BBC News Online (BBC). 14 November 2005. Retrieved 15 November 2007. 
  18. ^ "Ex-council chief cleared of abuse". BBC News Online (BBC). 17 July 2006. Retrieved 15 November 2007. 
  19. ^ "Prescott beaten by Conservatives in Humberside PCC vote". BBC News (BBC). 16 November 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  20. ^ "Hull's young drunks on TV tonight as BBC screens The Lock Up". Hull Daily Mail. 4 February 2011. 
  21. ^ "Episode guide". Neighbourhood Blues. BBC. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  22. ^ "Humberside Police – Police Memorial Roll of Honour". 12 November 2012. 
  23. ^ "Humberside Police assist the Metropolitan Police with Riots,". This is Hull and East Riding. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  24. ^ Brown, Jonathan (8 July 2010). "One Tenth of UK Armed Police join manhunt from Roul Moat". The Independent (London). 

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