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South Wales Police

Her 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:

the extent to which the force is effective at reducing crime and keeping people safe is good.

the extent to which the force operates efficiently and sustainably is good.

the extent to which the force treats the public and its workforce legitimately is good.

Read the full report for South Wales Police

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

803 square miles


1.34m people
up5% local 10 yr change


90% frontline police officers
92% national level
4.02 per 1000 population
3.54 national level
down1% 10yr change in local workforce
down14% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.07 per person
0.07 national level
up18% Local 5 year trend
up42% National 5 year trend


61p per person per day local
56p 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