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North Wales Police

North Wales Police provides policing services to the areas of Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd and Wrexham. The police force area covers 2,375 square miles with approximately 450 miles of coastline in the north of Wales. Although there are some more affluent areas, North Wales has a high level of poverty. Around 0.7 million people live in the predominantly rural setting. Its several distinct and small urban areas include the town of Wrexham. The resident population is increased by university students and the very large numbers who visit or travel through the area each year. The transport infrastructure also includes a major sea port.

Read more about this area

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Wendy Williams is HMI for North Wales
  • HMICFRS policing region: The force is in the Wales and Western region

Contact Wendy Williams

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

2,375 square miles

Population

0.7m people
up2% local 10 yr change

Workforce

94% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.76 per 1000 population
3.42 national level
up1% 10yr change in local workforce
down17% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.07 per person
0.08 national level
up58% Local 5 year trend
up45% National 5 year trend

Cost

62p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

North Wales PCC

Arfon Jones

North Wales Police


Chief Constable Carl Foulkes, appointed in September 2018

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