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Cheshire Constabulary

Cheshire Constabulary provides policing services to the county of Cheshire. The police force area covers 905 square miles and a coastline of approximately 67 miles in the north west of England. Although there are some areas of marked affluence, Cheshire is generally poor. Around one million people mainly live in the urban centres which include the city of Chester and the towns of Warrington, Crewe and Macclesfield. The resident population is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit, socialise, or travel through the county each year. The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Zoe Billingham is HMI for Cheshire
  • HMICFRS policing region: The constabulary is in the Northern 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 – 2018/19

Force Area

905 square miles


1.06m people
up4% local 10 yr change


95% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.39 per 1000 population
3.42 national level
down9% 10yr change in local workforce
down17% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

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


51p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

Cheshire PCC

David Keane


Cheshire Constabulary

Chief Constable Darren Martland, appointed in
February 2019

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