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West Yorkshire Police


West Yorkshire Police provides policing services to the county of West Yorkshire. The police force area covers 783 square miles in the north of England. Although there are a number of more affluent areas, West Yorkshire has a high level of poverty. Around 2.3 million people mainly live in the urban conurbation which includes the cities of Leeds, Wakefield and Bradford, as well as several large towns surrounded by rural areas. The resident population is ethnically diverse, with 18 percent from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and is increased by the very 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 an airport.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Phil Gormley is HMI for West Yorkshire
  • HMICFRS policing region: The force is in the Northern region

Contact Phil Gormley

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

Force Area

783 square miles


2.31m people 5% local 10 yr change


86% frontline
3.91 per 1000 population
10% change in local workforce since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.05 per person
Local 5 year trend


51p per person per day local

West Yorkshire PCC

Mark-Burns-Williamson-PCC-WestYorkshireMark Burns-Williamson


West Yorkshire Police


Chief Constable Dee Collins QPM, appointed in June 2014

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