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Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police provides policing services to the metropolitan area of Merseyside. The police force area covers 250 square miles with approximately 65 miles of coastline in the north west of England. Although there are some more affluent areas, Merseyside has a high level of poverty. Around 1.4 million people live in a predominantly urban setting. The force covers the conurbation that includes the city of Liverpool and surrounding towns. The resident population is increased by very large number of university students and the large numbers who visit, socialise in, commute into, or travel through the area each year. The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations, an airport and a major sea port.

Read more about this area

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Phil Gormley is HMI for Merseyside
  • HMICFRS policing region: The force is in the Northern region

Contact Phil Gormley (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

249 square miles


1.42m people 4% local 10 yr change


87% frontline
3.79 per 1000 population
25% change in local workforce since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.05 per person
Local 5 year trend


59p per person per day local

Merseyside PCC

Jane-Kennedy-PCC-Merseyside-1Jane Kennedy


Merseyside Police


Chief Constable Andy Cooke QPM, appointed in July 2016

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