Performance and Planning

PCSO Suzanne Birch talking to lady on her doorstep whilst on patrol in Swansea. They are holding hands and facing each other. PCSO Birch is wearing her uniform.

We want to keep South Wales safe and to do this we aim to be the best at understanding and responding to your needs.

We will listen to you, respond to your concerns, provide updates, and protect you by preventing and detecting crime.

Led by Chief Constable Peter Vaughan, our force covers around 10% of the geographical area of Wales but is home to more than 1.2 million people, around 42% of the country’s entire population.

We have four police divisions, also known as ‘Basic Command Units':

  • Northern BCU: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Western BCU: Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot
  • Eastern BCU: Cardiff
  • Central BCU: Bridgend and Vale of Glamorgan


The Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales has published a Police and Crime Reduction Plan for 2013-2017. This plan outlined the Commissioner’s vision and key priorities for policing and community safety across the South Wales force area.   The Police & Crime Reduction Plan outlines the Commissioner’s expectations of the Chief Constable and partner agencies.

The South-Wales-Police-Welsh-Language-Scheme-2012-20151.pdf (871 downloads )  highlights our commitment to treating the Welsh and English language equally.

These documents are available in a number of languages and formats including braille, audiotape and large print. To request an alternative version, please contact us.

Financial Documents

CC-accounts1.pdf (449 downloads )
The finalised Annual Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2013 have been subject to review by the Wales Audit Office and agreed by the Joint Audit Committee. The accounts are produced in accordance with the Accounts and Audit (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 and in the format recommended by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy in accordance with best accounting practice (the Code).

Our SummaryofAccounts1011.pdf (913 downloads ) for 2010-11 explains our policing budget in more detail.

Performance Documents

Crime levels continue to fall across South Wales.

National Statistics on crime previously published by the Home Office are now published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) where you can find the latest incident and detection figures.

You can also find out about local crime levels using the Crime Mapper website.

For the latest reports relating to inspections of South Wales Police by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), visit the HMIC website.

All the latest planning, financial or performance updates for the force will feature in @swpolice News.