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Essex Police

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Roy Wilsher is HMI for Essex.

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 Essex 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 Essex Police

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

1,417 square miles


1.85m people
up8% local 10 yr change


96% frontline police officers
92% national level
2.96 per 1000 population
3.54 national level
down12% 10yr change in local workforce
down14% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.08 per person
0.07 national level
up57% Local 5 year trend
up42% National 5 year trend


44p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

These are the latest key facts about Essex Police.

About the force

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.

What the force says

Connect with Essex Police

Essex Police website

Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s website