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South Wales Police

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.

Read more about this area

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Wendy Williams is HMI for South 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

803 square miles

Population

1.33m people
up5% local 10 yr change

Workforce

90% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.96 per 1000 population
3.42 national level
down1% 10yr change in local workforce
down17% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.07 per person
0.08 national level
up30% Local 5 year trend
up45% National 5 year trend

Cost

61p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

South Wales PCC

Alun Michael

 

South Wales Police

Chief Constable Matt Jukes QPM, appointed in January 2018

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