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Kent Police

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

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 Kent 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 outstanding.

the extent to which the force treats the public and its workforce legitimately is outstanding.

Read the full report for Kent Police

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

1,444 square miles

Population

1.86m people
up10% local 10 yr change

Workforce

94% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.47 per 1000 population
3.54 national level
down6% 10yr change in local workforce
down14% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.09 per person
0.07 national level
up60% Local 5 year trend
up42% National 5 year trend

Cost

46p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

These are the latest key facts about Kent Police.

About the force

Kent Police provides policing services to the areas of Kent and Medway. The police force area covers 1,443 square miles with approximately 340 miles of coastline in the south east of England.

Although there are some areas of deprivation, Kent is generally affluent.

Around 1.8 million people mainly live in the urban centres which include the city of Canterbury as well as the towns of Maidstone, Gravesend, Ashford, Margate, Dartford and Folkestone. The resident population is increased by university students and the very large numbers who visit or travel through the county each year.

The transport infrastructure also includes major rail stations, the channel tunnel and major sea ports.

What the force says

Connect with Kent Police

Kent Police website

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner’s website