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South Yorkshire Police

His Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Michelle Skeer is HMI for South Yorkshire.

This force is in the Northern HMICFRS policing region.

HMICFRS’s assessment of South Yorkshire Police

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 South Yorkshire Police, we made the following judgments:

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

599 square miles


1.42m people
up6% local 10 yr change


92% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.57 per 1000 population
3.69 national level
down7% 10yr change in local workforce
down5% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.07 per person
0.06 national level
up12% Local 5 year trend
up9% National 5 year trend


53p per person per day local
59p per person per day national

These are the latest key facts about South Yorkshire Police.

About the force

South Yorkshire Police provides policing services to the county of South Yorkshire. The police force area covers 599 square miles in the north of England.

Although there are a small number of affluent areas, South Yorkshire has a high level of poverty.

Around 1.4 million people mainly live in the urban centres which include Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley. The resident population is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit, socialise, commute into, or travel through the county each year.

The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations and an airport.

More about this area – What South Yorkshire Police says

Connect with South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police website

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s website