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About Us

South Wales Police is the largest police force in Wales and although geographically small, covering around 812 square miles and equating to just 10% of the geographical area of Wales, South Wales Police provides a policing service to 1.3 million people (42% of the country’s population).

South Wales is a diverse region, boasting urban, rural and coastal areas and featuring the two largest cities in Wales – Swansea and the capital city, Cardiff. The force also serves 63 of the 100 most deprived communities in Wales.

South Wales Police is the eighth largest force in Wales and England, and deals with around 48% of the total crime in Wales.

A recent HMIC inspection identified South Wales Police as the busiest force in England and Wales, in terms of demand per officer. Each year South Wales Police will:

• Deal with around 430,000 incidents
• Receive over 200,000 emergency 999 calls
• Make over 38,000 arrests
• Deal with over 87,000 crimes
• Support an average 200 major events and welcome over 25 million visitors.

The Chief Constable Peter Vaughan and Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael are responsible for setting the policing priorities for South Wales Police.