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Sussex Police

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

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 Sussex Police, we made the following judgments:

Sussex Police is good at preventing crime and treatment of the public. Sussex Police is adequate at protecting vulnerable people, managing offenders, developing a positive workplace and making good use of resources. Sussex Police requires improvement at investigating crime. Sussex Police is inadequate at recording data about crime and responding to the public.

Read the full report for Sussex Police

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

1,462 square miles


1.72m people
up8% local 10 yr change


87% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.13 per 1000 population
3.69 national level
down1% 10yr change in local workforce
down5% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.05 per person
0.06 national level
up7% Local 5 year trend
up9% National 5 year trend


49p per person per day local
59p per person per day national

These are the latest key facts about Sussex Police.

About the force

Sussex Police provides policing services to the areas of East, West and Mid Sussex. The police force area covers 1,460 square miles with approximately 150 miles of coastline in the south of England.

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

Around 1.7 million people mainly live in the urban centres, especially along the south coast, which include the city of Brighton and the towns of Bognor Regis, Hastings, Hove, and Horsham. The resident population is increased by university students and the very large numbers who visit, socialise in, or travel through the area each year.

The transport infrastructure includes major rail stations, a major airport and major sea ports.

More about this area – What Sussex Police says

Connect with Sussex Police

Sussex Police website

Sussex Police Crime and Commissioner’s website