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Sussex Police

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

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 Sussex 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 requires improvement.

the extent to which the force treats the public and its workforce legitimately is good.

Read the full report for Sussex Police

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

1,462 square miles


1.71m people
up8% local 10 yr change


90% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.00 per 1000 population
3.54 national level
down10% 10yr change in local workforce
down14% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.06 per person
0.07 national level
up35% Local 5 year trend
up42% National 5 year trend


46p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

These are the latest key facts about Sussex Police.

About the force

Sussex Police provides policing services to the areas of East, West and Mid Sussex. The police force area covers 1,460 square miles with approximately 150 miles of coastline in the south of England.

Although there are some areas of deprivation, Sussex is generally affluent.

Around 1.7 million people mainly live in the urban centres, especially along the south coast, which include the city of Brighton and the towns of Bognor Regis, Hastings, Hove, and Horsham. The resident population is increased by university students and the very large numbers who visit, socialise in, or travel through the area each year.

The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations, a major airport and major sea ports.

What the force says

Connect with Sussex Police

Sussex Police website

Sussex Police Crime and Commissioner’s website