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Hertfordshire Constabulary

Hertfordshire Constabulary provides policing services to the county of Hertfordshire. The police force area covers 634 square miles in the south east of England. Although there are some areas of deprivation, Hertfordshire is generally affluent. Around 1.1 million people mainly live in the urban centres which include the city of St Albans, as well as the towns of Watford and Stevenage. The resident population is ethnically diverse, with 12 percent from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit or travel through the county each year. The transport infrastructure also includes a major rail station.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Zoë Billingham is HMI for Hertfordshire
  • HMICFRS policing region: The constabulary 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 – 2018/19

Force Area

634 square miles


1.18m people
up9% local 10 yr change


93% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.04 per 1000 population
3.42 national level
down11% 10yr change in local workforce
down17% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.06 per person
0.08 national level
up70% Local 5 year trend
up45% National 5 year trend


48p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

Hertfordshire PCC

David Lloyd

Hertfordshire Constabulary

Chief Constable Charlie Hall, appointed in October 2016

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