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Hampshire Constabulary

Hampshire Constabulary provides policing services to the county of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The police force area covers 1,602 square miles with approximately 230 miles of coastline in the south of England. Although there are some areas of deprivation, Hampshire has areas of marked affluence. Around 1.9 million people mainly live in the urban centres which include the cities of Southampton, Portsmouth and Winchester, the towns of Basingstoke and Farnborough as well as the town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The population is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit, socialise, or travel through the area each year. The transport infrastructure also includes major rail stations, an airport and major sea ports.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Zoë Billingham is HMI for Hampshire
  • 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 Hampshire 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 Hampshire Constabulary is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

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

The extent to which Hampshire 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 Hampshire Constabulary’s performance this year, including 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 Hampshire

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.

Key facts

Force Area

1,602 square miles


1.94m people 8% local 10 yr change


81% frontline 78% national level
2.6 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
23% 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

Hampshire PCC


Michael Lane

Hampshire Constabulary


Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney, appointed in April 2016

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