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 and Isle of Wight 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||Unitary authorities of North Northamptonshire and West 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 Territoral Police Forces by Official Region
South East of England
East of England
South West of England
West Midlands of England
East Midlands of England
Yorkshire and the Humber
North East of England
North West of England
- 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 19 February 2021.
- 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. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 24 September 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 25 May 2018.
- "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 25 May 2018.
- "Scottish Police Authority Three Year Financial Plan 2018/19 to 2020/21". Police Scotland. Scottish Police Authority. Retrieved 6 November 2018.