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About Warwickshire Police

Warwickshire Police is the force responsible for policing the county of Warwickshire, England.

The area we cover is around 1,970 square kilometres and we divide this into two local policing areas; North Warwickshire and South Warwickshire. The North Warwickshire policing area serves a population of approximately 288,800 and the South Warwickshire policing area serves a population of 258,500.

While Warwickshire is predominantly rural, it also contains some densely populated urban areas, market towns and popular tourist attractions of Warwick Castle and Shakespeare's Birth Place.

The force came into existence on 5 February 1857, when the Knightlow and Barlichway Forces combined to form Warwickshire Constabulary under the leadership of Chief Constable James Isaac. When the force was first established its headquarters was at Kenilworth. In 1884, headquarters was transferred to the County Buildings,Warwick, which continued to be used for this purpose until 1949, when, "Woodcote", Leek Wootton, was taken into use.

pdf icon Warwickshire Police history - 1857-2017 [7Mb]