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Cheshire Constabulary

Cheshire Constabulary provides policing services to the county of Cheshire. The police force area covers 905 square miles and a coastline of approximately 67 miles in the north west of England. Although there are some areas of marked affluence, Cheshire is generally poor. Around one million people mainly live in the urban centres which include the city of Chester and the towns of Warrington, Crewe and Macclesfield. The resident population is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit, socialise, or travel through the county each year. The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Michael Cunningham is HMI for Cheshire
  • HMIC region: The constabulary is in HMIC’s Northern region

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PEEL Assessment

This is HMIC’s second assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with which Cheshire 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 Cheshire Constabulary is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which Cheshire Constabulary is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is outstanding.

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

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

Read more about my assessment of Cheshire 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 Cheshire

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.






Key facts

Force Area

905 square miles


1.04m people 5% local 10 yr change


74% frontline 78% national level
3.3 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
14% 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)


47p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Police and crime plan priorities

  • Enhance frontline policing to prevent and further drive down crime.
  • Protect Cheshire’s communities from harm.
  • Support victims and witnesses of crime and tackle reoffenders.
  • Build on the partnership between the police and the community.
  • Ensure the delivery of an efficient and effective police service, building on the use of technology.

Cheshire PCC

David Keane


Cheshire Constabulary


Chief Constable Simon Byrne, appointed in
June 2014

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