Head Office, 17-27 Queen's Square
17-27 Queen's Square
Middlesbrough
North Yorkshire
England
TS2 1AH

The Ports of Tees and Hartlepool have been served since 1904 by a dedicated and professional Harbour Police force. These officers are uniformed and warranted constables who get their powers from the Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Act 1966. They are committed to serving and protecting PD Ports’ infrastructure, people, tenants, stakeholders and visitors.

Working closely with Cleveland Police, whose jurisdiction also covers the Port areas, the Harbour Police have jurisdiction to exercise their powers two miles from the “high water line” at both ports. There is also a Memorandum of Understanding between the Harbour Police and Cleveland Police that formalises arrangements for deployments, operations, training and administration.

Harbour Police officers also take responsibility for the port community and river users, providing a close link with each business as part of the Community Policing Plan (CPP). These visits help to maintain close working relationships, offering crime prevention advice, information and intelligence sharing and ensuring that all safety measures are being complied with.

The team is led by a Chief Officer and 22 officers who ensure a 24/7 presence across both ports and the wider port community.  Utilising patrol vehicles, river patrol and drones the Harbour Police work closely with partners including Border Force to support the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) regulations and the UK Government Counter Terror strategy CONTEST, under the PROTECT and PREPARE elements.

community policing plan

A recently introduced initiative by the Harbour Police, the Community Policing plan assigns one individual officer as a single point of contact for sites across the Teesport complex, allowing for direct, seamless communication between stakeholders and the police force. With over 76 sites currently signed up to the programme, nominated officers are on hand to offer support and advice across various issues such as:

  • Non-emergency enquiries
  • Crime prevention advice
  • Intelligence gathering
  • Deal with any on-site issues
  • Liaison with on-site security

As well as enabling greater visibility of the Harbour Police, the Community Policing plan allows business across Teesport to build trusted relationships and resilience within their organisations, safe in the knowledge that there are dedicated officers to offer support as needed.

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