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South Wales Police

South Wales Police provides policing services to the areas of West, South and Mid-Glamorgan. The police force area covers 803 square miles with approximately 150 miles of coastline in the south of Wales. Although there are some more affluent areas, South Wales has a high level of poverty. Around 1.3 million people mainly live in the urban centres which include the cities of Cardiff and Swansea as well as smaller towns. The resident population is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit, socialise in, commute into, or travel through the area each year. The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations, air and sea ports.

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

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PEEL Assessment

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

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

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

Os hoffech chi ddarllen hwn trwy’r Gymraeg

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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 South Wales

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.





Key facts

Force Area

803 square miles


1.30m people 7% local 10 yr change


76% frontline 78% national level
3.9 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
4% 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)


57p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Police and crime plan priorities

Priorities of the Police & Crime Commissioner for South Wales – Rt Hon Alun Michael.

My fundamental principle is to be “tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime”.  We’ll be professional, proud and positive even in tough times, with quick, effective policing responses,  evidence-based partnership working to cut crime, an improved local criminal justice system and long-term strategies for meeting new challenges.

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Policing :
Quick, effective responses. Increased victim satisfaction. Easier public access to South Wales Police. Make communities safe. Ensure that the public feel safe and confident.
Work with councils, Welsh NHS and Third Sector to ……. Cut crime & antisocial behaviour. Put victims at the centre. Cut crime in the 18-25 age-group. Reduce violence. Cut violence against women and girls. Tackle exploitation. Make our roads safer. Promote fairness, equality, diversity.
Criminal justice:
Increase effectiveness and accountability. Promote victim-centred restorative justice. Drive youth offending down even further.
Meet the real needs of older people. Increase safety for citizens online.

South Wales PCC

Alun-Michael-PCC-South-Wales-2Alun Michael


South Wales Police


Chief Constable Peter Vaughan QPM, appointed in January 2010

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