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Cumbria Police rated good by national inspectorate

The Inspector of Constabulary says improvements still needs to be made Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Constabulary has been rated as good by the national inspectorate.

The assessment by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary focused on police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy. Cumbria Police scored good in all three categories.

Michael Cunningham, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary said despite the result, Cumbria Constabulary still needs to improve in some areas.

I am particularly pleased with the improved effectiveness with which Cumbria Constabulary keeps the people of Cumbria safe and reduces crime. Since my assessment last year, the force has made substantial improvements in how it investigates crimes: the initial stages of investigations are generally conducted well, and the force allocates cases for subsequent investigation to teams with the appropriate investigative capability. Further improvements are needed in how some investigations are supervised.

– Michael Cunningham, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary

'We need to look at how we work and work differently'

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Cumbria's new Assistant Chief Constable has admitted government funding cuts mean the force faces challenges.

But Darren Martland, who has transferred from Merseyside Police, insists Cumbria Constabulary will be able to do more for less.

He says officers will need to embrace new policing methods in the future.

I think the main thing for us is that we need to look at how we work and work differently.

"For example, Cumbria Constabulary has made a huge investment in technology and is using technology for the best effect - providing support for victims and witnesses and tackling criminality."

– Darren Martland, Assistant Chief Constable Cumbria

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Cumbria Police appoint new Assistant Chief Constable

Assistant Chief Constable Darren Martland Credit: Cumbria Police

Cumbria Constabulary has appointed a new Assistant Chief Constable.

Darren Martland started in the role yesterday joining Cumbria from Merseyside Police where he was Temporary Assistant Chief Constable.

Mr Martland started his policing career with Merseyside Police in 1990 having graduated from Sheffield University.

The initial part of his career was spent in the Knowlsey area where he completed a number of uniform and CID postings before transferring, on promotion, to the rank of Sergeant to Cheshire Constabulary in 1999.

While at Cheshire he worked in a number of areas, in mainly uniform operational roles and was part of a project team that implemented a re-structure in 2004.

In 2006 he returned to Merseyside Police as a Superintendent and was posted to Wirral. In attaining Chief Superintendent rank in March 2009 he was posted to Knowsley as the Area Commander and dealt with a number of operational incidents and qualified as Public Order and Firearms Commander.

In April 2104 he undertook the Assistant Chief Constable role, on a temporary basis, with responsibility for Human Resources. In September 2014 he remained as Temporary Assistant Chief Constable with the responsibility for Collaboration and conducted a review of the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit - TITAN.

“I am delighted to be appointed as Assistant Chief Constable for Cumbria Constabulary, and I am looking forward to exploring the new challenges of working for such a large rural county.

“I am committed to working hard to keep Cumbria one of the safest places to live and work during a challenging financial time.

“I look forward to meeting staff, officers, and members of the community, during the next few weeks.”

– Assistant Chief Constable Darren Martland

Smart new move by Cumbria Police

One of the new devices officers in Cumbria will be using Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Constabulary is swapping paper for a modern alternative.

For more than 150 years police officers have used notebooks and pencils for logging incident details.

But from today, all the Force's frontline officers will be equipped with hand-held Smart Devices for recording information and assisting with their duties.

Man jailed for six years over indecent child images

David Robinson Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

A former police employee from Carlisle has been sentenced to six years in prison for possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

David Robinson, of Waldegrave Road, was sentenced today (April 17) at Carlisle Crown Court after pleading guilty to 20 counts of possession and distribution.

The 46-year-old was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life, and received a lifetime Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

Mr Robinson was arrested in October last year for his offences.

At the time of his arrest, he was employed by Cumbria Constabulary as a staff member on the front counter at Durranhill Police Station.

He was suspended immediately following it, and left the force in January 2015.

This prosecution reflects the serious nature of the images which Mr Robinson was viewing and distributing.

Images of this nature have been created via the suffering and abuse of children and they are criminal offences."

– Detective Inspector Doug Marshall

Police hunt man after scratch cards stolen

Police want to speak to this man. Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

Cumbria Police have released this CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the theft of two scratch cards.

They were taken from the Spar store on Fusehill Street, in Carlisle, on 5 March.

Police believe the incident may be linked to similar thefts on the same day:

  • 11:35am - £20 worth of scratch cards taken from Post Office on Blackwell Road
  • Later in the day £10 of scratch cards were taken from the Foreways store on Blackwell Road

Anyone with information should contact the police on 101.

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