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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): Andy Cooke is HMI for West Yorkshire
  • HMICFRS policing region: The force is in the Northern region

Contact Andy Cooke

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

784 square miles


2.33m people
up6% local 10 yr change


92% frontline police officers
92% national level
4.11 per 1000 population
3.54 national level
down5% 10yr change in local workforce
down14% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.10 per person
0.07 national level
up66% Local 5 year trend
up42% National 5 year trend


54p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

West Yorkshire PCC

Alison Lowe


West Yorkshire Police

Chief Constable John Robins QPM, appointed July 2019

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