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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): Matt Parr is HMI for Merseyside
  • HMICFRS policing region: The force is in the Northern region

Contact Matt Parr

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 – 2019/20

Force Area

252 square miles


1.43m people
up4% local 10 yr change


94% frontline police officers
92% national level
4.12 per 1000 population
3.54 national level
down19% 10yr change in local workforce
down14% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.08 per person
0.07 national level
up31% Local 5 year trend
up42% National 5 year trend


63p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

Merseyside PCC

Emily Spurrell

Merseyside Police

Chief Constable Serena Kennedy, appointed in April 2021

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