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West Mercia Police

His Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary Andy Cooke is temporary HMI for West Mercia.

This force is in the Wales and Western 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 West Mercia Police, we made the following judgments:

Grades for West Mercia. Preventing crime was rated good. Treatment of the public, protecting vulnerable people, managing offenders, and developing a positive workplace were graded adequate. Investigating crime, responding to the public, and good use of resources were graded requires improvement.

Read the full report for West Mercia Police

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

2,860 square miles


1.3m people
up7% local 10 yr change


93% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.10 per 1000 population
3.69 national level
down4% 10yr change in local workforce
down5% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

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


50p per person per day local
59p per person per day national

These are the latest key facts about West Mercia Police.

About the force

West Mercia Police provides policing services to the areas of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and the Wrekin and Worcestershire. The police force area covers 2,860 square miles in the west of England.

There are areas of deprivation and areas of affluence in West Mercia.

Around 1.3 million people live in a predominantly rural setting. It has a number of relatively small urban areas that include the cities of Worcester, Hereford and Telford. The resident population is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit or travel through the area each year.

More about this area – What West Mercia Police says

Connect with West Mercia Police

West Mercia Police website

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner’s website