Suffolk Constabulary

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Suffolk Constabulary
Agency overview
Formed 1967
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Police area of Suffolk, UK
England Police Forces (Suffolk).svg
Map of Suffolk Constabulary's jurisdiction.
Size 3,801 km²
Population 678,000
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Martlesham
Sworn members 1,195 (of which 249 are Special Constables)


Police and Crime Commissioner responsible Tim Passmore
Agency executive Douglas Paxton, Chief Constable
Areas 2 (Eastern, Western)
* Police area agency: Prescribed geographic area in the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

Suffolk Constabulary is the territorial police force responsible for policing Suffolk in East Anglia, England.

Suffolk Constabulary is responsible for policing an area of 939,510 acres (3,802 km2), with a population of 678,074 and 288,473 households. The area covered is principally rural and coastal and the force has two territorial areas: Eastern and Western. The Eastern Area HQ is at Halesworth, the Western Area HQ at Bury St Edmunds. Each area is divided into sectors, with boundaries matching those of local district or borough councils. There are a total of 14 sectors across the county, each commanded by an inspector or chief inspector. As of 2 July 2005, Suffolk Constabulary had 1,305 police officers and 841 police staff, supplemented by 264 special constables, 15 traffic wardens and 34 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

It was previously overseen by a Police Authority consisting of 9 councillors, 3 justices of the peace and 5 independent members, but in common with other English and Welsh forces outside London is now responsible to a Police and Crime Commissioner. The current PCC is Tim Passmore of the Conservative Party. The Chief Constable is Douglas Paxton.[2]

Two vehicles of Suffolk Constabulary responding to an emergency call


The force formed by the merger of West Suffolk Constabulary and East Suffolk Constabulary. Those forces had previously been merged in 1869 and the split again in 1899.[citation needed] The most recent merger took place in 1967, which also saw the Ipswich borough police merged.[citation needed]

In 2006 Suffolk Constabulary merged the role of traffic warden with that of PCSO. Those traffic wardens that did not wish to pursue this role either retired or took employment elsewhere, or within the police service.[citation needed]

Proposals announced by the then Home Secretary Charles Clarke on 20 March 2006 would have seen the force merge with neighbouring forces Norfolk Constabulary and Cambridgeshire Constabulary to form a strategic police force for East Anglia.[3] However, the proposals were later abandoned.

Notable investigations[edit]

Suffolk Constabulary gained widespread attention in December 2006, when they began to investigate the murder of five women working as prostitutes in the Ipswich area.[4] The murders generated media interest both nationally and internationally.[5][6][7]

The inquiry was the largest mounted by Suffolk Police in their history.[8]

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Tables for 'Police workforce, England and Wales, 31 March 2013". HM Government. Office for National Statistics. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Force Structure". Suffolk Constabulary. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Police forces 'to be cut to 24'". BBC News. 20 March 2006. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Suffolk killer will die in prison". BBC News. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "One of serial killer's five victims was pregnant". Sydney Morning Herald. 17 December 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "British Police close to solving murders of prostitutes". Zee News. 17 December 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "British Police Identify 5th Victim of Serial Prostitute Killer". Fox News. 15 December 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  8. ^ Summers, Chris (13 December 2006). "The task facing vice murders squads". BBC News. Retrieved 3 April 2011.