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West Yorkshire Police

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Andy Cooke is HMI for West Yorkshire.

This force is in the Northern 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 Yorkshire, 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 outstanding.

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

Read the full report for West Yorkshire Police

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

These are the latest key facts about West Yorkshire.

About the force

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.

What the force says

Connect with West Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire Police website

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s website