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Lancashire Constabulary

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Andy Cooke is HMI for Lancashire.

This force is in the Northern 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 Lancashire Constabulary, 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 good.

Read the full report for Lancashire Constabulary

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

1,184 square miles


1.51m people
up4% local 10 yr change


92% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.50 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
up49% Local 5 year trend
up42% National 5 year trend


52p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

These are the latest key facts about Lancashire Constabulary.

About the force

Lancashire Constabulary provides policing services to the county of Lancashire. The police force area covers 1,187 square miles with approximately 100 miles of coastline in the north west of England.

Although there are some highly affluent areas, Lancashire has a high level of poverty.

Around 1.5 million people mainly live in the urban centres which include the city of Preston. The resident population is ethnically diverse, with 10 percent from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and is increased by university students and the very large numbers who visit, socialise, or travel through the county each year.

The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations, air and sea ports.

What the force says

Connect with Lancashire Constabulary

Lancashire Constabulary website

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner’s website