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 (595 km²) and has a population of over 554,000.
As of 30 January 2009, the force employed 1,692 police officers, 701 police staff and 170 police community support officers (PCSOs) and there were 195 special constables
Cleveland Police area is divided into four policing basic command units (BCUs), known locally as districts, which are coterminous with the four unitary authorities of Hartlepool
, Redcar and Cleveland
. 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 Police Authority
is made up of seventeen members, nine from the four councils, three lay justices and five independent members.
The force was established as Cleveland Constabulary on 1 April 1974, covering the newly-created county of Cleveland
(which was abolished on 1 April... Read More