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Northamptonshire Police

Northamptonshire Police provides policing services to the county of Northamptonshire. The police force area covers 913 square miles in the east midlands of England. Although there are some more affluent areas, Northamptonshire has a high level of poverty. Around 0.7 million people mainly live in the urban centres which includes Northampton. The resident population is increased by university students 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 Northamptonshire
  • HMIC region: The force 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 Northamptonshire 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 Northamptonshire Police is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime requires improvement.

The extent to which Northamptonshire Police is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime requires improvement.

The extent to which Northamptonshire 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 Northamptonshire Police’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 Northamptonshire

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.







Key facts

Force Area

913 square miles


0.71m people 10% local 10 yr change


74% frontline 78% national level
3.1 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
18% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

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


46p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Police and crime plan priorities

The Police and Crime Plan for Northamptonshire has one overarching ambition: to Make Northamptonshire the Safest Place in England. To see how we, working with our partners and communities, will achieve this ambition, please visit the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website:

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Every single person in the county has a valuable contribution to make to achieve the ambition of Making Northamptonshire the Safest Place in England and together we will focus on delivering the following outcomes:

  • Reducing violent crime by at least 40 per cent
  • Building a more visible police force
  • Having the safest roads
  • Robustly and intelligently tackling anti-social behaviour, and
  • Creating a secure place.

Northamptonshire PCC

Stephen Mold

Northamptonshire Police

Simons EdensChief Constable Simon Edens, appointed in July 2015

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