History/Overview

Wiltshire Police formerly known as Wiltshire Constabulary formed on 13 November 1839.

As the first of the County Forces to be created by virtue of the 1839 County Police Act, we have a long and varied history which has been captured in our history book ‘The Oldest and The Best.’

icon adobepdf  The Oldest and the Best - History of Wiltshire Constabulary 1839 - 2003

icon adobepdf Individual Chapters of The Oldest and the Best

Wiltshire Police operates across an area of 3,485 km2 (1,346 square miles). The county has two unitary authority areas, Wiltshire and Swindon, consisting of 18 community areas and seven localities.

Wiltshire County is home to diverse communities, totalling approximately 684,000 people, with a wide range of socio-economic characteristics. This ranges from rural areas to a large military personnel presence of over 30,000. The county is home to Stonehenge World Heritage site and the M4 corridor. Understanding these communities is key to the delivery of effective, value for money public services.

Wiltshire is a largely rural county with the main towns of Swindon, Salisbury, Chippenham, Trowbridge, Melksham hosting more densely populated communities.

Our purpose ‘is to prevent crime and protect the public.’

Our Mission: ‘to provide our communities with the best possible service and protect them from harm.’

 

Our Commitments to the public are outlined in the charter below:

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