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South Wales Police

His Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Wendy Williams is HMI for South Wales.

This force is in the Wales and Western 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 South Wales Police, we made the following judgments:

Judgements for South Wales Police. Investigating crime, preventing crime, responding to the public, and good use of resources were judged to be good. Treatment of the public, managing offenders, and developing a positive workplace were judged to be adequate. Protecting vulnerable people was judged to require improvement.

Read the full report for South Wales Police

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

803 square miles

Population

1.35m people
up5% local 10 yr change

Workforce

89% frontline police officers
92% national level
4.16 per 1000 population
3.69 national level
up9% 10yr change in local workforce
down5% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.06 per person
0.06 national level
down2% Local 5 year trend
up9% National 5 year trend

Cost

66p per person per day local
59p per person per day national

These are the latest key facts about South Wales Police.

About the force

South Wales Police provides policing services to the areas of West, South and Mid-Glamorgan. The police force area covers 803 square miles with approximately 150 miles of coastline in the south of Wales.

Although there are some more affluent areas, South Wales has a high level of poverty.

Around 1.3 million people mainly live in the urban centres which include the cities of Cardiff and Swansea as well as smaller towns. The resident population is increased by 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, air and sea ports.

What the force says

Connect with South Wales Police

South Wales Police website

South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner’s website

English Cymraeg