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Suffolk Constabulary

Suffolk Constabulary provides policing services to the county of Suffolk. The police force area covers 1,467 square miles with approximately 140 miles of coastline in East Anglia. Although there are some areas of deprivation, Suffolk is generally affluent. Around 0.7 million people live in a predominantly rural setting. It has a small number of distinct urban areas that include the towns of Ipswich and Lowestoft. The resident population is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit or travel through the area each year. The transport infrastructure includes major sea ports.

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

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

The extent to which Suffolk 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 Suffolk 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 Suffolk

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.




Key facts

Force Area

1,467 square miles


0.74m people 8% local 10 yr change


76% frontline 78% national level
2.9 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
11% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

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


44p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Police and crime plan priorities

As Suffolk’s PCC Tim Passmore’s ambition is to make Suffolk a safer place in which to live, work, travel and invest by:

  • Responding to emergencies
  • Solving crime
  • Preventing & reducing crime & ASB
  • Caring for victims & vulnerable people
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Tim Passmore said: “I believe we all have a part to play in making Suffolk a safe, vibrant and thriving community; to achieve this we must ensure that policing is fair, accessible, respects human rights and meets the needs of our diverse communities.
“Neighbourhood policing is the bedrock of the constabulary and I’ll ensure our Safer Neighbourhood Teams remain visible and accessible in the heart of our communities.
“Going forward we’ll need work with partners to reduce demand on public services and help deliver the police and crime plan.
“I’m particularly proud that Suffolk continues to have an efficient and effective low-cost force for our residents and businesses where 92% of people feel safe.”

Suffolk PCC

Tim-Passmore-PCC-SuffolkTim Passmore


Suffolk Constabulary


Chief Constable Gareth Wilson, appointed in January 2016

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