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Suffolk PEEL 2017

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The force says...

Suffolk Constabulary polices a population of over 745,000 with 1,081 full time equivalent police officer posts.

Suffolk covers 1466 square miles across a county that is largely rural but home to a number of vibrant urban areas. It has a coastline that stretches from Lowestoft to Felixstowe (one of the largest container ports in Europe), four military bases and a nuclear power station.

The county’s population has grown by 2.3% since 2011 and is expected to rise to over 770,000 by 2023. By 2023 over 50% of the population is anticipated to be aged 45 and over. More than 83,000 people in Suffolk live in income deprivation. Tourism plays a key role in the local economy contributing £1.85 billion in 2016, with 38,369 associated jobs.

Suffolk Constabulary is sixth lowest in the country for officer numbers per 1,000 population. The workforce has reduced by 11.7% in the last five years.

The net revenue budget for policing in 2018/19 is £116.6 million. Since 2010, £27.5 million has been identified in savings, £17.1 million of which has been achieved through collaboration.  Savings of £2.3 million are planned for 2018/19, with further savings of £3.2 million needing to be identified by the end of 2021/22.

The constabulary receives over 276,000 calls for service each year; over 35% of these are 999 emergencies. Around 52,000 crimes were recorded in 2017.

The constabulary’s strategic assessment outlines a departure from ‘traditional’ crime, emphasising vulnerability and hidden harm, e.g. serious sexual offences, child sexual exploitation, hate crime, domestic abuse and honour based abuse & modern slavery. The composition of recorded crime has changed with substantial growth in recorded abuse and violent crime – domestic abuse offences have increased by 30% in the last year and violence by 13%.

There is an increase in both the volume and complexity of demand, including significant demand around safeguarding and mental health.

Disclaimer: the above statement has been prepared by Suffolk Constabulary. The views and information in it are not necessarily those of HMICFRS.

Key facts

Force Area

1467 square miles

Population

0.74m people 8% local 10 yr change

Workforce

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

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

Cost

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