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Bedfordshire Police

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Matt Parr 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:

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 good.

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

Read the full report for Bedfordshire Police

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

477 square miles


0.675m people
up12% local 10 yr change


92% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.39 per 1000 population
3.54 national level
up2% 10yr change in local workforce
down14% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.07 per person
0.07 national level
up35% Local 5 year trend
up42% National 5 year trend


45p per person per day local
56p 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