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Bedfordshire Police

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Roy Wilsher is HMI for Bedfordshire.

This force is in the Eastern 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 Bedfordshire Police, we made the following judgments:

Grades for Bedfordshire. Managing offenders was rated outstanding. Preventing crime, treatment of the public, developing a positive workplace, and good use of resources were rated good. Protecting vulnerable people was judged to be adequate. Investigating crime and responding to the public were judged to require improvement.

Read the full report for Bedfordshire Police

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

477 square miles

Population

0.682m people
up12% local 10 yr change

Workforce

92% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.55 per 1000 population
3.69 national level
up11% 10yr change in local workforce
down5% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.06 per person
0.06 national level
up7% Local 5 year trend
up9% National 5 year trend

Cost

49p per person per day local
59p per person per day national

These are the latest key facts about Bedfordshire Police.

About the force

Bedfordshire Police provides policing services to the county of Bedfordshire. The police force area covers 477 square miles in the south east of England.

Although there are some areas of deprivation, Bedfordshire is generally affluent.

Around 0.7 million people mainly live in the urban centres which include the towns of Luton and Bedford. The resident population is ethnically very diverse, with 23 percent from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and is increased by university students and the large numbers who travel through the county each year.

The transport infrastructure includes a major airport.

What the force says

Connect with Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police website

Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s website