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North Wales Police

North Wales Police provides policing services to the areas of Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd and Wrexham. The police force area covers 2,375 square miles with approximately 450 miles of coastline in the north of Wales. Although there are some more affluent areas, North Wales has a high level of poverty. Around 0.7 million people live in the predominantly rural setting. Its several distinct and small urban areas include the town of Wrexham. The resident population is increased by university students and the very large numbers who visit or travel through the area each year. The transport infrastructure also includes a major sea port.

Read more about this area

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Wendy Williams is HMI for North Wales
  • HMIC region: The force is in HMIC’s Wales and Western region

Contact Wendy Williams

PEEL Assessment

This is HMIC’s second assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with which North Wales Police 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 North Wales Police is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime requires improvement.

The extent to which North Wales Police is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which North Wales Police 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 North Wales Police’s performance this year, including where I would like to see improvements next year.

Os hoffech chi ddarllen hwn trwy’r Gymraeg

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 North Wales

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.

Key facts

Force Area

2,375 square miles


0.69m people 3% local 10 yr change


76% frontline 78% national level
3.8 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
2% 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)


58p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Police and crime plan priorities

The Police and Crime Objectives

  • Prevent crime
  • Deliver an effective response
  • Reduce harm and the risk of harm
  • Build effective partnerships
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The four police and crime objectives underpin the outcomes which are:

  • Security in the home
  • Safety in public places
  • Visible and accessible policing

North Wales PCC


Arfon Jones

North Wales Police

Chief Constable Mark Polin QPM, appointed in September 2009

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