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Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Avon and Somerset Constabulary provides policing services to the areas of Bristol, Somerset and South Gloucestershire. The police force area covers 1,844 square miles with approximately 103 miles of coastline in the south west of England. Although there are some areas of deprivation, Avon and Somerset is generally affluent. Around 1.65million people mainly live in the urban centres which include the cities of Bristol and Bath and the towns of Weston-super-Mare, Taunton and Yeovil. 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 and an airport.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Wendy Williams is HMI for Avon and Somerset
  • HMICFRS policing region: The constabulary is in the Wales and Western region

Contact Wendy Williams

HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this force

HMICFRS 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.


Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

1,847 square miles


1.72m people
up9% local 10 yr change


92% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.22 per 1000 population
3.54 national level
down1% 10yr change in local workforce
down14% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.07 per person
0.07 national level
up32% Local 5 year trend
up42% National 5 year trend


49p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

Avon and Somerset PCC

Mark Shelford

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Chief Constable Andy Marsh QPM, appointed in February 2016

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