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Essex Police

Essex Police provides policing services to the county of Essex. The police force area covers 1,417 square miles with approximately 400 miles of coastline in the south east of England. Although there are some areas of deprivation, Essex is generally affluent. Around 1.8 million people mainly live in the urban centres that include the city of Chelmsford, as well as the towns of Clacton-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea and Harlow. The resident population is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit, socialise in, or travel through the area each year. The transport infrastructure also includes a major airport and major sea ports.

Read more about this area

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Zoë Billingham is HMI for Essex
  • HMICFRS policing region: The force is in the Eastern region

Contact Zoë Billingham (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

Force Area

1417 square miles


1.82m people 8% local 10 yr change


87% frontline
2.62 per 1000 population
23% change in local workforce since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.04 per person
Local 5 year trend


40p per person per day local

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

Roger-Hirst-PCC-EssexRoger Hirst

Essex Police


Chief Constable Ben-Julian “BJ” Harrington, appointed in October 2018

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