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North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police provides policing services to the county of North Yorkshire. The police force area covers 3,208 square miles with approximately 55 miles of coastline in the north of England. Although there are some areas of deprivation, North Yorkshire is generally affluent. Around 0.8 million people live in a predominantly rural setting. Its distinct urban areas include the coastal towns of Scarborough and Whitby as well as the city of York. 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 includes major rail stations.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Andy Cooke is HMI for North Yorkshire
  • HMICFRS policing region: The force is in the Northern region

Contact Andy Cooke

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

3,209 square miles


0.829m people
up5% local 10 yr change


86% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.27 per 1000 population
3.54 national level
down5% 10yr change in local workforce
down14% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.05 per person
0.07 national level
up35% Local 5 year trend
up42% National 5 year trend


50p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

Philip Allott

North Yorkshire Police

Chief Constable Lisa Winward, appointed in
August 2018

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