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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.

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

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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

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

Bedfordshire PCC

Festus Akinbusoye


Bedfordshire Police

Chief Constable Garry Forsyth, appointed July 2019

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