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Suffolk Constabulary

Suffolk Constabulary provides policing services to the county of Suffolk. The police force area covers 1,467 square miles with approximately 140 miles of coastline in East Anglia. Although there are some areas of deprivation, Suffolk is generally affluent. Around 0.7 million people live in a predominantly rural setting. It has a small number of distinct urban areas that include the towns of Ipswich and Lowestoft. The resident population is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit or travel through the area each year. The transport infrastructure includes major sea ports.

Read more about this area

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Zoë Billingham is HMI for Suffolk
  • HMICFRS policing region: The force is in the Eastern region

Contact Zoë Billingham (e-mail address)

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

Force Area

1467 square miles


0.76m people 7% local 10 yr change


87% frontline
2.52 per 1000 population
20% change in local workforce since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.08 per person
Local 5 year trend


42p per person per day local

Suffolk PCC

Tim-Passmore-PCC-SuffolkTim Passmore


Suffolk Constabulary


Chief Constable Gareth Wilson, appointed in January 2016

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