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About the force

Cumbria is a diverse county with both rural and urban areas, it is one of the safest places to live, work and visit with relatively low levels of crime compared to other areas in England and Wales. It is important to recognise that neighbourhood crime levels are compared to the Cumbrian average, not a national one. Generally, where the population is at its highest in urban communities the crime levels will be higher compared to the rest of Cumbria, however this is relatively low in comparison nationally. This Crime Mapping site will continue to be developed and improved. Cumbria Constabulary has gradually evolved over more than a century, from the formation of Cumberland and Westmorland counties in 1856 to its amalgamation with the Kendal Borough Police (1947), the Carlisle City Police (1967) and more recently the Furness area of Lancashire and Sedbergh area of West Yorkshire in 1974. Cumbria Constabulary was officially formed in April 1974. Cumbria is the second largest county in England by area and is one of the most sparsely populated areas, with a population of just under half a million. The county's largest settlements, Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness, account for only 15% and 12% of the total population respectively, while only 19 others have a population of more than 2500. There are significant areas of isolated and rural community, and the county has one of the lowest visible minority ethnic populations in the country. Each year Cumbria, which incorporates the Lake District National Park, attracts over 23 million visitors from all over the world, 7 million of who stay more than one day. The county has 67 miles of motorway and some 700 miles of trunk and primary roads. The Constabulary is split into Headquarters support functions headed by two directorates, Corporate Improvement and Corporate Support. Operationally it is divided into Territorial Policing Command which is responsible for all Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Specialist Uniform Operational Support team, Communications Centre and other operational support functions, and Crime Command which is responsible for Public Protection Unit\u2019s, Major Crime, area CID, Custody Investigation Teams and Intelligence Management. Both Operational Commands are headed up by a Chief Superintendent.

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