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Cheshire Constabulary serves a population of over one million people across a large geographic area; from rural expanses to areas of extensive heavy industry and urban areas including Chester and Warrington with their vibrant daytime and night-time economies. The county has ambitious plans to improve the infrastructure to support significant economic development, including the Atlantic Gateway Project and Crewe HS2 Superhub.

Cheshire has challenges policing diverse areas, with pockets of wealth contrasting with localities amongst the most deprived nationally. It is home to a large student population with the University of Chester and Manchester Metropolitan University having major campuses in the county.

The constabulary works in partnership with four local authorities to respond to adult and children safeguarding, to support families with complex needs and to tackle crime and disorder through community safety partnerships and serious and organised crime partnership boards.

Cheshire shares borders with two major metropolitan areas, Manchester and Liverpool, and the international airports serving these cities are within close proximity. More than 200 miles of motorway run through the county.

This diverse mix poses a variety of policing challenges from tackling alcohol-related crime, drug crime, organised crime groups and county lines gangs to the prevention and investigation of rural, wildlife and heritage crime.

The county has a number of sporting and events venues that draw in visitors, including a race course, motorsports track and music festival. In 2018/19 the force dealt with 591,647 calls for assistance and investigated 93,886 crimes, an increase of 7 percent compared to 2017/18. Cheshire Constabulary has a budget of £200 million (£170 million net).

Policing in Cheshire is delivered by over 4,000 people with police officers and PCSOs supported by special constables, volunteers and police staff. Cheshire Constabulary is ranked 18th in Stonewall’s employers index for lesbian, gay, bi and transgender staff inclusion making us the best placed police force in the country.

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