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Avon and Somerset Police

His Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Michelle Skeer is temporary HMI for Avon and Somerset.

This force is in the Wales and Western HMICFRS policing region.

HMICFRS’s assessment of Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Our PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy), and other force assessments give you information about how your local police force has performed in several important areas.

In our latest assessments of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, we made the following graded judgments:

Read our other reports for Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

1,847 square miles


1.73m people
up9% local 10 yr change


93% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.49 per 1000 population
3.69 national level
up11% 10yr change in local workforce
down5% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.06 per person
0.06 national level
down8% Local 5 year trend
up9% National 5 year trend


52p per person per day local
59p per person per day national

These are the latest key facts about Avon and Somerset Police

About the force

Avon and Somerset Police provides policing services to the areas of Bristol, Somerset and South Gloucestershire. The police force area covers 1,844 square miles with approximately 103 miles of coastline in the south west of England.

Although there are some areas of deprivation, Avon and Somerset is generally affluent.

Around 1.65million people mainly live in the urban centres which include the cities of Bristol and Bath and the towns of Weston-super-Mare, Taunton and Yeovil. The resident population is increased by 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.

More about this area – What Avon and Somerset Police says

Connect with Avon and Somerset Police

Avon and Somerset Police website

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner’s website