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Suffolk Constabulary

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Roy Wilsher is HMI for Suffolk.

This force is in the Eastern 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 Suffolk Constabulary, 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 Suffolk Constabulary

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

1,468 square miles


0.761m people
up6% local 10 yr change


93% frontline police officers
92% national level
2.79 per 1000 population
3.54 national level
down11% 10yr change in local workforce
down14% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.06 per person
0.07 national level
up46% Local 5 year trend
up42% National 5 year trend


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

These are the latest key facts about Suffolk Constabulary.

About the force

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.

What the force says

Connect with Suffolk Constabulary

Suffolk Constabulary website

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner’s website