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West Midlands Police

His Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Lee Freeman is temporary HMI for West Midlands.

This force is in the Wales and Western HMICFRS policing region.

West Midlands Police is currently in our Engage stage of enhanced monitoring.

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 West Midlands Police, we made the following judgments:

Read our other reports for West Midlands Police

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

348 square miles


2.94m people
up8% local 10 yr change


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

Victim-based crimes

0.08 per person
0.06 national level
up35% Local 5 year trend
up9% National 5 year trend


58p per person per day local
59p per person per day national

These are the latest key facts about West Midlands Police.

About the force

West Midlands Police provides policing services to the metropolitan area of the West Midlands. The police force area covers 348 square miles in the centre of England.

There are areas of deprivation and affluence in the West Midlands.

Around 2.8 million people live in a predominantly urban setting. The force covers the West Midlands conurbation, including the cities of Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Coventry and large surrounding townships. The resident population is ethnically very diverse, with 30 percent from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and is increased by a 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 and a major airport.

More about this area – What West Midlands Police says

Connect with West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police website

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner’s website