List of police forces of the United Kingdom
This is a list of the 45 territorial police forces and 3 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 and its territories, see List of law enforcement agencies in the United Kingdom, Crown dependencies and British Overseas Territories.
|Force||Area of responsibility||Number of police officers||Budget (millions)||Area size (km2)||Formed||Legal jurisdiction||Type|
|Avon and Somerset Police||Non-metropolitan county of Somerset and unitary authorities of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire||2,886||£326.6||4,777||1974||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Bedfordshire Police||Unitary authorities of Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, and Luton||1,300||£122.5||1,024||1966||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|British Transport Police||National Rail network, Docklands Light Railway, Glasgow Subway, London Trams, London Underground, West Midlands Metro, and the Sunderland line of the Tyne and Wear Metro||2,984||£319.17||-||1948 as BTCP||On railway land (and also other areas upon request by another police force, and in certain other circumstances) in England, Wales, and Scotland only||Special police force|
|Cambridgeshire Constabulary||Non-metropolitan county of Cambridgeshire and unitary authority of Peterborough||1,597||£156.2||3,389||1965||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Cheshire Constabulary||Unitary authorities of Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton, and Warrington||2,131||£208.0||2,155||1857||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|City of London Police||City of London||811||£67.0||2.6||1839||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Civil Nuclear Constabulary||Civilian nuclear facilities||1,310[a]||£116.7||-||2005||Civilian nuclear sites and surrounding lands up to 5 km distant, and any such places as required when escorting nuclear materials in transit or pursuing or detaining suspects||Special police force|
|Cleveland Police||Unitary authorities of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton-on-Tees||1,373||£143.5||597||1974||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Cumbria Constabulary||Non-metropolitan county of Cumbria||1,229||£117.8||6,768||1974||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Derbyshire Constabulary||Non-metropolitan county of Derbyshire and unitary authority of Derby||1,861||£193.9||2,625||1967||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Devon and Cornwall Police||Non-metropolitan county of Devon and unitary authorities of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly, Plymouth, and Torbay||3,197||£338.4||10,270||1967||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Dorset Police||Unitary authorities of Dorset and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole||1,268||£144.3||2,653||1974||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Durham Constabulary||Unitary authorities of County Durham and Darlington||1,168||£133.3||2,676||1839||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Dyfed-Powys Police||Principal areas of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, and Powys||1,183||£115.5||10,976||1968||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Essex Police||Non-metropolitan county of Essex and unitary authorities of Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock||3,318||£320.2||3,670||1969||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Gloucestershire Constabulary||Non-metropolitan county of Gloucestershire||1,200||£126.9||3,150||1839||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Greater Manchester Police||Metropolitan county of Greater Manchester||6,965||£643.0||1,276||1974||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Gwent Police||Principal areas of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, and Torfaen||1,340||£142.2||1,555||1967||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Hampshire Constabulary||Non-metropolitan county of Hampshire and unitary authorities of the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, and Southampton||2,812||£366.4||4,149||1967||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Hertfordshire Constabulary||Non-metropolitan county of Hertfordshire||2,152||£221.3||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||2,005||£200.7||3,517||1974||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Kent Police||Non-metropolitan county of Kent and unitary authority of Medway||3,836||£338.4||3,736||1857||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Lancashire Constabulary||Non-metropolitan county of Lancashire and unitary authorities of Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool||3,031||£308.8||3,075||1839||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Leicestershire Police||Non-metropolitan county of Leicestershire and unitary authorities of Leicester and Rutland||2,053||£204.0||2,538||1967||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Lincolnshire Police||Non-metropolitan county of Lincolnshire||1,073||£131.6||5,921||1856||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Merseyside Police||Metropolitan county of Merseyside||3,659||£359.7||645||1974||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Metropolitan Police Service||Metropolitan Police District (London region excluding the City of London)||33,177||£2,939.9 (£2.9 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, designated critical national infrastructure, Whitehall, MOD family quarters||2,594[b]||£156.6||-||1971||Military buildings, property, and employees (as well as other areas upon request by another police force, and in certain other circumstances), throughout England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland||Special police force|
|Norfolk Constabulary||Non-metropolitan county of Norfolk||1,684||£177.2||5,371||1839||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|North Wales Police||Principal areas of Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, and Wrexham||1,587||£167.1||6,172||1974||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Northamptonshire Police||Non-metropolitan county of Northamptonshire||1,343||£146.2||2,364||1966||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Northumbria Police||Metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear and unitary authority of Northumberland||3,309||£307.1||5,553||1974||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|North Yorkshire Police||Non-metropolitan county of North Yorkshire and unitary authority of York||1,513||£166.2||8,310||1974||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Nottinghamshire Police||Non-metropolitan county of Nottinghamshire and unitary authority of Nottingham||2,077||£224.8||2,160||1968||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Police Service of Northern Ireland||Northern Ireland||7,131[c]||£1077.4 (£1.1 billion)||13,843||2001||Northern Ireland||Territorial police force|
|Police Scotland||Scotland||17,170[d]||£1,064.8 (£1.1 billion)||78,772||2013||Scotland||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||3,081||£315.8||2,074||1969||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|South Yorkshire Police||Metropolitan county of South Yorkshire||2,574||£282.1||1,552||1974||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Staffordshire Police||Non-metropolitan county of Staffordshire and unitary authority of Stoke-on-Trent||1,681||£211.1||2,713||1968||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Suffolk Constabulary||Non-metropolitan county of Suffolk||1,240||£135.1||3,801||1967||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Surrey Police||Non-metropolitan county of Surrey||1,993||£249.4||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||2,799||£309.9||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||4,415||£456.7||5,742||1968||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Warwickshire Police||Non-metropolitan county of Warwickshire||1,034||£109.9||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||2,256||£236.5||7,408||1967||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|West Midlands Police||Metropolitan county of the West Midlands||6,846||£620.4||902||1974||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|West Yorkshire Police||Metropolitan county of West Yorkshire||5,391||£485.0||2,029||1974||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
|Wiltshire Police||Unitary authorities of Swindon and Wiltshire||1,019||£127.7||3,485||1839||England and Wales||Territorial police force|
- Number of police officers as of November 2016.
- Number of police officers is measured as full-time equivalent (FTE) for 31 March 2017.
- Number of police officers is measured as full-time equivalent (FTE) as of 1 May 2018.
- Number of police officers is measured as full-time equivalent (FTE) for 31 March 2018.
- List of defunct law enforcement agencies in the United Kingdom
- Law enforcement in the United Kingdom
- "Police workforce, England and Wales: 30 September 2020". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
- Figure includes cost of the Police and Crime Commissioner for each force, or equivalent. "Police Funding for England & Wales 2015-2021 (Statistical Bulletin 16/20)" (PDF). Home Office. July 2020. p. 14. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
- "Policing Great Britain's Rail Network: Forcewide and Divisional Plans 2020/21" (PDF). British Transport Police Authority. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
- "CNC Workforce 2016 - a Freedom of Information request to Civil Nuclear Constabulary". WhatDoTheyKnow. November 9, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
- FY 2019-20. "Civil Nuclear Police Authority Annual Report & Accounts 2019/20" (PDF). Civil Nuclear Police Authority. p. 25. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
- "Freedom of Information Act 2000: Police Numbers" (PDF). Ministry of Defence Police.
- "Ministry of Defence Police Annual Business Plan 2020/21" (PDF). Ministry of Defence Police. p. 20. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
- "Strength of Police Service Statistics". www.psni.police.uk. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
- "Annual Policing Plan for Northern Ireland 2019-20" (PDF). Northern Ireland Policing Board. p. 31. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
- "Police Scotland Officer Numbers". Police Scotland. Scottish Police Services Authority. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
- "Scottish Police Authority Three Year Financial Plan 2018/19 to 2020/21". Police Scotland. Scottish Police Authority. Retrieved 6 November 2018.