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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.

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

1,467 square miles

Population

0.76m people
up6% local 10 yr change

Workforce

94% frontline police officers
92% national level
2.65 per 1000 population
3.42 national level
down15% 10yr change in local workforce
down17% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

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

Cost

45p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

Suffolk PCC

Tim Passmore

 

Suffolk Constabulary

Chief Constable Gareth Wilson, appointed in January 2016

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