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Merseyside Police

His Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Michelle Skeer HMI for Merseyside.

This force is in the Northern 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 Merseyside Police, we made the following judgments:

Merseyside Police is good at treatment of the public, preventing crime and supporting the workforce. Merseyside Police is adequate at responding to the public, investigating crime and leadership and force management. Merseyside Police requires improvement at protecting vulnerable people and managing offenders. Merseyside Police was awarded no inadequate grades.

Read the full report for Merseyside Police

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

252 square miles


1.43m people
up4% local 10 yr change


93% frontline police officers
92% national level
4.40 per 1000 population
3.69 national level
down8% 10yr change in local workforce
down5% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.07 per person
0.06 national level
up8% Local 5 year trend
up9% National 5 year trend


68p per person per day local
59p per person per day national

These are the latest key facts about Merseyside Police.

About the force

Merseyside Police provides policing services to the metropolitan area of Merseyside. The police force area covers 250 square miles with approximately 65 miles of coastline in the north west of England.

Although there are some more affluent areas, Merseyside has a high level of poverty.

Around 1.4 million people live in a predominantly urban setting. The force covers the conurbation that includes the city of Liverpool and surrounding towns. The resident population is increased by very large number of 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, an airport and a major sea port.

More about this area – What Merseyside Police says

Connect with Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police website

Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner’s website