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South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police provides policing services to the county of South Yorkshire. The police force area covers 599 square miles in the north of England. Although there are a small number of affluent areas, South Yorkshire has a high level of poverty. Around 1.4 million people mainly live in the urban centres which include Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley. The resident population is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit, socialise, commute into, or travel through the county each year. The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations and an airport.

Read more about this area

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Matt Parr is HMI for South Yorkshire
  • HMICFRS policing region: The force is in the Northern region

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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

599 square miles

Population

1.4m people
up7% local 10 yr change

Workforce

92% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.30 per 1000 population
3.42 national level
down16% 10yr change in local workforce
down17% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.09 per person
0.08 national level
up47% Local 5 year trend
up45% National 5 year trend

Cost

51p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

South Yorkshire PCC

Dr Alan Billings

 

South Yorkshire Police

Chief Constable Stephen Watson, appointed in July 2016

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