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West Midlands Police

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Wendy Williams is HMI for West Midlands.

This force is in the Wales and Western 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 West Midlands 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 is good.

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

Read the full report for West Midlands Police

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

348 square miles


2.93m people
up9% local 10 yr change


94% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.60 per 1000 population
3.54 national level
down19% 10yr change in local workforce
down14% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.08 per person
0.07 national level
up44% Local 5 year trend
up42% National 5 year trend


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

These are the latest key facts about West Midlands Police.

About the force

West Midlands Police provides policing services to the metropolitan area of the West Midlands. The police force area covers 348 square miles in the centre of England.

There are areas of deprivation and affluence in the West Midlands.

Around 2.8 million people live in a predominantly urban setting. The force covers the West Midlands conurbation, including the cities of Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Coventry and large surrounding townships. The resident population is ethnically very diverse, with 30 percent from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and is increased by a large number of university students and the large numbers who visit, socialise in, commute into, or travel through the area each year.

The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations and a major airport.

What the force says

Connect with West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police website

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner’s website