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Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Cambridgeshire Constabulary provides policing services to the county of Cambridgeshire. The police force area covers 1,309 square miles with in the east of England. Although there are some areas of deprivation, Cambridgeshire is generally affluent. Around 0.8 million people mainly live the urban centres which include the cities of Cambridge, Ely and Peterborough. This resident population is ethnically diverse, with 10 percent from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and is increased by students who study in the area’s universities and the large numbers who visit or travel through the county each year.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Zoë Billingham is HMI for Cambridgeshire
  • HMIC region: The constabulary is in HMIC’s Eastern region

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PEEL Assessment

This is HMIC’s second assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with which Cambridgeshire Constabulary keeps people safe and reduces crime. PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) gives you information about how your local police force is performing in several important areas. It does this in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year-on-year.

The extent to which Cambridgeshire Constabulary is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime requires improvement.

The extent to which Cambridgeshire Constabulary is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which Cambridgeshire Constabulary is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

This year, for the first time, we have assessed the leadership across the force at every level. The assessment has led to a narrative rather than graded judgment, which is summarised below.

Read more about my assessment of Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s performance this year, including any exceptional events and where I would like to see improvements next year.

Find out more about your force's annual assessment

HMIC’s role in inspecting this force

HMIC independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence. We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

Inspections in Cambridgeshire

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.






Key facts

Force Area

1,309 square miles


0.83m people 13% local 10 yr change


76% frontline 78% national level
2.8 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
17% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.05 per person 0.05 national level
Local 5 year trend National 5 year trend (no change)


43p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Police and crime plan priorities

  1. Maintain local police performance: effective local policing
  2. Deliver policing within the available budget: reducing costs and improving efficiency
  3. Continue to tackle crime and disorder: reducing crime and disorder
  4. Keeping people safe: protecting those most at risk
  5. Maintain the resilience of protective services: protecting the public
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Additional detail on the Police and Crime Plan priorities includes;

  1. Maintain local police performance: to provide an effective policing service which makes innovative use of existing resources and extends public involvement.
  2. Deliver policing within the available budget: to identify and implement activity which will help reduce our costs or improve efficiency.
  3. Continue to tackle crime and disorder: to drive crime and disorder to lower levels, transferring the fear of crime from the law abiding public to those who persistently commit crime.
  4. Keeping people safe: resources are dedicated to ensure those people at most risk from harm are protected.
  5. Maintain the resilience of protective services: the management of resources and delivery of service is maintained to support both local policing and national requirements.

Cambridgeshire PCC

Jason Ablewhite


Cambridgeshire Constabulary

CAM-CC-alec-wood-20151013 Chief Constable Alec Wood, appointed in September 2015