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Avon and Somerset Police

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Wendy Williams is HMI for Avon and Somerset.

This force is in the Wales and Western HMICFRS policing region.

Our PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessments give you information about how your local police force has performed in several important areas.

In our latest assessment of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, we made the following judgments:

the extent to which the force is effective at reducing crime and keeping people safe is good.

the extent to which the force operates efficiently and sustainably is outstanding.

the extent to which the force treats the public and its workforce legitimately is good.

Read the full report for Avon and Somerset Constabulary

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

These are the latest key facts about Avon and Somerset Constabulary

About the force

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.

What the force says

Connect with Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Avon and Somerset Constabulary website

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner’s website