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South Yorkshire Police

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Andy Cooke is HMI for South Yorkshire.

This force is in the Northern 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 Yorkshire 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 Yorkshire Police

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

599 square miles


1.41m people
up6% local 10 yr change


94% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.35 per 1000 population
3.54 national level
down17% 10yr change in local workforce
down14% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.09 per person
0.07 national level
up44% Local 5 year trend
up42% National 5 year trend


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

These are the latest key facts about South Yorkshire Police.

About the force

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.

What the force says

Connect with South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police website

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s website