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Bedfordshire Police

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.

Read more about this area

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Matt Parr is HMI for Bedfordshire
  • HMICFRS policing region: The force is in the Eastern region

Contact Matt Parr (e-mail address)

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 – 2018/19

Force Area

477 square miles

Population

0.67m people
up12% local 10 yr change

Workforce

92% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.34 per 1000 population
3.42 national level
up3% 10yr change in local workforce
down17% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.08 per person
0.08 national level
up55% Local 5 year trend
up45% National 5 year trend

Cost

45p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

Bedfordshire PCC

Kathryn-Holloway-PCC-Bedfordshire

Kathryn Holloway

 

Bedfordshire Police

Chief Constable Garry Forsyth, appointed July 2019

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