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Essex Police

His Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Roy Wilsher is HMI for Essex.

This force is in the Eastern HMICFRS policing region.

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

In our latest assessment of Essex Police, we made the following judgments:

Treatment of the public, developing a positive workplace, disrupting serious organised crime, good use of resources and tackling workforce corruption were judged to be good. Investigating crime, preventing crime, protecting vulnerable people, and managing offenders were judged to be adequate. Responding to the public was judged to require improvement. No areas were judged to be outstanding or inadequate.

Read the full report for Essex Police

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

1,417 square miles


1.86m people
up8% local 10 yr change


94% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.04 per 1000 population
3.69 national level
down6% 10yr change in local workforce
down5% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.07 per person
0.06 national level
up21% Local 5 year trend
up9% National 5 year trend


47p per person per day local
59p per person per day national

These are the latest key facts about Essex Police.

About the force

Essex Police provides policing services to the county of Essex. The police force area covers 1,417 square miles with approximately 400 miles of coastline in the south east of England.

Although there are some areas of deprivation, Essex is generally affluent.

Around 1.8 million people mainly live in the urban centres that include the city of Chelmsford, as well as the towns of Clacton-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea and Harlow. The resident population is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit, socialise in, or travel through the area each year.

The transport infrastructure also includes a major airport and major sea ports.

More about this area – What Essex Police says

Connect with Essex Police

Essex Police website

Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s website