List of police forces of the United Kingdom

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This is a list of territorial police forces and special police forces of the United Kingdom. It does not include non-police law enforcement agencies or bodies of constables not constituted as police forces.

For a list of all law enforcement agencies in the United Kingdom, see List of law enforcement agencies in the United Kingdom.

Map of territorial police areas[edit]

Map of Police forces in the United Kingdom.svg

Table[edit]

Force Area responsible for Number of police officers Budget (millions) Area size (km²) Formed Legal jurisdiction Type
Avon and Somerset Constabulary Non-metropolitan county of Somerset and districts of South Gloucestershire, Bristol, North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset 3,302 £248.9 4,777 1974 England and Wales Territorial police force
Bedfordshire Police Unitary authorities of Bedford, Central Bedfordshire and Luton 1,207 £91.2 1,246 1966 England and Wales Territorial police force
British Transport Police National Rail network, London Underground system, Docklands Light Railway, Midland Metro, Tramlink, Glasgow Subway and the Sunderland line of the Tyne and Wear Metro 2,835[SPF 1] £187.7 [SPF 2] - 1948 On railway land, request from another police force and certain other circumstances, in England, Wales and Scotland only Special police force
Cambridgeshire Constabulary Non-metropolitan county of Cambridgeshire and unitary authority of Peterborough 1,471 £116.0 3,389 1965 England and Wales Territorial police force
Cheshire Constabulary Unitary authorities of Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington 2,181 £157.4 2,155 1974 England and Wales Territorial police force
City of London Police City of London 852 £62.9 2.6 1839 England and Wales Territorial police force
Civil Nuclear Constabulary Civilian nuclear facilities 774[SPF 3] £51.0 [SPF 4] - 2005 Civilian nuclear facilities (and up to 5 km of those), when guarding nuclear material, and when on business relevant to nuclear material Special police force
Cleveland Police Unitary authorities of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees and Redcar and Cleveland 1,724 £119.7 597 1974 England and Wales Territorial police force
Cumbria Constabulary Non-metropolitan county of Cumbria 1,238 £94.0 6,768 1974 England and Wales Territorial police force
Derbyshire Constabulary Non-metropolitan county of Derbyshire and unitary authority of Derby 2,074 £151.6 2,625 1967 England and Wales Territorial police force
Devon and Cornwall Police Non-metropolitan county of Devon and unitary authorities of Cornwall, Plymouth, Torbay and the Isles of Scilly 3,556 £256.8 10,270 1967 England and Wales Territorial police force
Dorset Police Non-metropolitan county of Dorset and unitary authorities of Bournemouth and Poole 1,486 £107.8 2,653 1974 England and Wales Territorial police force
Durham Constabulary Unitary authorities of County Durham and Darlington 1,507 £112.3 2,676 1839 England and Wales Territorial police force
Dyfed-Powys Police Principal areas of Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Powys 1,195 £83.6 10,976 1968 England and Wales Territorial police force
Essex Police Non-metropolitan county of Essex, unitary authorities of Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock 3,606 £242.2 3,670 1969 England and Wales Territorial police force
Gloucestershire Constabulary Non-metropolitan county of Gloucestershire 1,309 £95.7 3,150 1839 England and Wales Territorial police force
Greater Manchester Police Metropolitan county of Greater Manchester 8,148 £524.1 1,276 1974 England and Wales Territorial police force
Gwent Police Principal areas of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen 1,437 £110.7 1,555 1967 England and Wales Territorial police force
Hampshire Constabulary Non-metropolitan county of Hampshire, unitary authorities of Southampton, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight 3,748 £281.9 4,149 1967 England and Wales Territorial police force
Hertfordshire Constabulary Non-metropolitan county of Hertfordshire 2,130 £171.4 1,643 1841 England and Wales Territorial police force
Humberside Police Unitary authorities of East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire 2,058 £164.9 3,517 1974 England and Wales Territorial police force
Kent Police Non-metropolitan county of Kent and unitary authority of Medway 3,787 £257.9 3,736 1857 England and Wales Territorial police force
Lancashire Constabulary Non-metropolitan county of Lancashire and unitary authorities of Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen 3,649 £252.6 3,075 1839 England and Wales Territorial police force
Leicestershire Police Non-metropolitan county of Leicestershire and unitary authorities of the Leicester and Rutland 2,317 £154.7 2,538 1967 England and Wales Territorial police force
Lincolnshire Police Non-metropolitan county of Lincolnshire 1,206 £90.4 5,921 1856 England and Wales Territorial police force
Merseyside Police Metropolitan county of Merseyside 4,516 £307.3 645 1974 England and Wales Territorial police force
Metropolitan Police Service Metropolitan Police District (London region excluding the City of London) 33,367 £2,532.7 (£2.5 billion) 1,578 1829 England and Wales (includes Scotland and Northern Ireland for officers on close protection duties) Territorial police force
Ministry of Defence Police Military establishments 3,513[SPF 5] £363.4 [SPF 6] - 1971 Military buildings, property & employees, on request by another police force and certain other circumstances Special police force
Norfolk Constabulary Non-metropolitan county of Norfolk 1,662 £131.3 5,371 1839 England and Wales Territorial police force
North Wales Police Principal areas of Wrexham, Conwy, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Gwynedd and the Anglesey 1,590 £124.8 6,172 1974 England and Wales Territorial police force
Northamptonshire Police Non-metropolitan county of Northamptonshire 1,343 £110.3 2,364 1966 England and Wales Territorial police force
Northumbria Police Metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear and unitary authority of Northumberland 4,187 £270.1 5,553 1974 England and Wales Territorial police force
North Yorkshire Police Non-metropolitan county of North Yorkshire and unitary authority of York 1,486 £127.6 8,310 1974 England and Wales Territorial police force
Nottinghamshire Police Non-metropolitan county of Nottinghamshire and unitary authority of Nottingham 2,409 £177.6 2,160 1968 England and Wales Territorial police force
Police Service of Scotland Scotland 17,436 [S 1] £1,200 (£1.2 billion) 78,772 2013 Scotland Territorial police force
Police Service of Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 7,410[NI 1] £962.7 [NI 2] 13,843 2001 Northern Ireland Territorial police force
South Wales Police Principal areas of Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea and the Vale of Glamorgan 3,148 £232.1 2,074 1969 England and Wales Territorial police force
South Yorkshire Police Metropolitan county of South Yorkshire 2,953 £239.6 1,552 1974 England and Wales Territorial police force
Staffordshire Police Non-metropolitan county of Staffordshire and unitary authority of Stoke-on-Trent 2,161 £170.9 2,713 1968 England and Wales Territorial police force
Suffolk Constabulary Non-metropolitan county of Suffolk 1,246 £101.9 3,801 1967 England and Wales Territorial police force
Surrey Police Non-metropolitan county of Surrey 1,890 £180.6 1,663 1851 England and Wales Territorial police force
Sussex Police Non-metropolitan counties of East Sussex and West Sussex and unitary authority of Brighton and Hove 3,213 £237.1 3,783 1968 England and Wales Territorial police force
Thames Valley Police Non-metropolitan counties of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and unitary authorities of Bracknell Forest, Milton Keynes, Reading, Slough, Wokingham, West Berkshire, and Windsor and Maidenhead 4,434 £344.4 5,742 1968 England and Wales Territorial police force
Warwickshire Police Non-metropolitan county of Warwickshire 973 £80.1 1,975 1840 England and Wales Territorial police force
West Mercia Police Non-metropolitan county of Worcestershire and unitary authorities of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin 2,391 £184.3 7,408 1967 England and Wales Territorial police force
West Midlands Police Metropolitan county of the West Midlands 7,596 £521.8 902 1974 England and Wales Territorial police force
West Yorkshire Police Metropolitan county of West Yorkshire 5,758 £396.0 2,029 1974 England and Wales Territorial police force
Wiltshire Police Unitary authorities of Swindon and Wiltshire 1,181 £108.0 [E 1] 3,485 1839 England and Wales Territorial police force

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References[edit]

England and Wales territorial police forces

Number of police officers is measured as Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) for 31 March 2010 and is from Home Office Statistical Bulletin 14/10.

Budget is valid for 2007-8 and is from the Home Office website.

  1. ^ "WILTSHIRE POLICE AUTHORITY SETS BUDGET FOR 2010-11". Wiltshire-pa.gov.uk. 2010-02-12. Retrieved 2011-07-22. 
Police Scotland

Number of police officers is valid for December 2008 and is from the Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland.

Budgets were acquired on a force-by-force basis and are mainly for 2007-8.

  1. ^ http://www.scotland.police.uk/about-us/
Police Service of Northern Ireland
  1. ^ "Strength of Police Service Statistics | Police Service of Northern Ireland". Psni.police.uk. Retrieved 2011-07-22. 
  2. ^ http://www.psni.police.uk/annual_budget_plan_0809.pdf
Special police forces
  1. ^ "> About us". Btp.police.uk. Retrieved 2011-07-22. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "cnc_artwork 2009 060709.indd" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-07-22. 
  4. ^ http://www.cnc.police.uk/files/strategic_policing_plan_2008_2011_revision_1.pdf
  5. ^ "Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2007 - 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-07-22. 
  6. ^ "Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2007 - 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-07-22. 

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