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South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police provides policing services to the county of South Yorkshire. The police force area covers 599 square miles in the north of England. Although there are a small number of affluent areas, South Yorkshire has a high level of poverty. Around 1.4 million people mainly live in the urban centres which include Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley. The resident population is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit, socialise, commute into, or travel through the county each year. The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations and an airport.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Michael Cunningham is HMI for South Yorkshire
  • HMIC region: The force 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 South Yorkshire 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 Yorkshire Police is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime requires improvement.

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

The extent to which South Yorkshire 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 Yorkshire Police’s performance this year, including 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 South Yorkshire

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.




Key facts

Force Area

599 square miles


1.37m people 7% local 10 yr change


73% frontline 78% national level
3.5 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
16% 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 National 5 year trend (no change)


51p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Police and crime plan priorities

Current Police and Crime Plan priorities are;

  1. Reducing Crime and ASB
  2. Protecting Vulnerable People
  3. Improving Visible Policing

These priorities are currently subject to review by the newly elected PCC Alan Billings.

South Yorkshire PCC


Alan Billings


South Yorkshire Police


Chief Constable David Crompton QPM, appointed in April 2010

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