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Surrey Police


Surrey Police provides policing services to the county of Surrey. Surrey is generally affluent. The police force area covers 642 square miles in the south east of England. Around 1.2 million people mainly live in the urban centres which include the outskirts of Greater London, as well as several other distinct urban areas, including the towns of Guildford, Reigate, Staines and Esher. The resident population is ethnically diverse, with 10 percent from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit, socialise in, or travel through the area each year. The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations.

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

Contact Zoë Billingham

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 – 2019/20

Force Area

645 square miles


1.2m people
up7% local 10 yr change


92% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.05 per 1000 population
3.54 national level
down13% 10yr change in local workforce
down14% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.05 per person
0.07 national level
up47% Local 5 year trend
up42% National 5 year trend


53p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

Surrey PCC

Lisa Townsend

Surrey Police

Chief Constable Gavin Stephens, appointed in April 2019

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