The Police and Crime Plan 2017 – 2022 sets out the four key priorities for Wiltshire Police to focus on to help:

  • Prevent crime and keep people safe
  • Protect the most vulnerable people in society
  • Put victims, witnesses and communities at the heart of everything we do
  • Secure a quality police service that is trusted and efficient.

The Police and Crime Plan is dynamic and flexible, reflecting the changes in patterns of crime and behaviour and allowing for priorities to be adapted to meet the demands of the community.

The Chief Constable uses evidence and intelligence to advise the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Inspections: HMICFRS PEEL assessments

PEEL is an annual assessment of police forces in England and Wales undertaken by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) . Forces are assessed on their effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy. They are judged as outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate on these categories (or pillars) based on inspection findings, analysis and Her Majesty's Inspectors' (HMIs) professional judgment across the year.

Each pillar has questions that focus on core areas of the work of the police. Judgments are also applied to these questions.

Before 2018, every force received a separate report for each pillar. Reports were published by pillar, building up to an overall view of the force's performance at the end of the PEEL cycle.

From 2018/19 inspection year, the approach was changed to become more integrated. Each force now receives one report, providing a rounded assessment of its performance over the year.

Read more about Wiltshire 2018/19 PEEL report

Read more about other HMICFRS publications for Wiltshire

Wiltshire crime stats

Find out the latest crime stats for Wiltshire from

How many people work for us

We receive one of the lowest amounts of Home Office funding for police per head of population.

Our budget consists of around 80% staffing and with continued austerity measures, efficiencies inevitably have to come from the staffing area. To enable efficiencies without detriment to the capabilities of the policing service, two key focuses have been on modernisation and collaboration. 

Our workforce is made up of both uniformed and non-uniformed staff and officers who carry out vital roles protecting and serving our communities. 

With the ever changing landscape of crime, our workforce has changed and adapted to the needs of those communities we serve with 94% officers and over 50% staff dedicated to frontline policing. 

Our establishment in Full Time Equivalent (FTE) as at 31 December 2017:

  Budget Actual
Police officers 959 944
Police staff 910 856
Police Community Support Officers 120 105

Our Special Constable establishment in headcount as at 25 January 2018 is:    

Wiltshire Police Specials are volunteers and will often follow this into a career as regular police officer. The figures below fluctuate due this attrition and recent regular intakes. The total number of Specials are currently in hubs or in training with assessment days planned monthly. 

Special Constabulary         260

Our Volunteer establishment in headcount as at 31 December 2017:
These volunteer numbers do not include our Community Speed Watch volunteers.

Volunteer Police Cadets 111
Police Support Volunteers 155

Pensions performance

The South West Region Police Pensions Board assists the scheme managers for Wiltshire, Devon & Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Avon & Somerset Constabularies.


You can find some of our published strategies on the website of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon

More performance information

The Force Statement is an annual report collated by the Force which sets out the challenges and demands facing Wiltshire and the capacity and capability of the police to meet these. Read the latest one below.

Who's in charge of policing? Is it the Home Secretary, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) or the Chief Constable? Who reports to whom? Who's answerable to the public? Where does the buck stop? It's a complex picture, so check the 'How does the system work?' download to see who does what.