Bedfordshire Police serves one of the country’s smallest counties at just 447 square miles and 664,500 people, yet Bedfordshire has one of the most diverse populations in England and faces complex crime challenges usually seen in large cities.
More than half of Bedfordshire’s residents live in its largest towns Luton and Bedford which have diverse and often transient communities, alongside smaller market towns and rural parishes.
Despite being relatively small in size, Bedfordshire, which is home to the UK’s fifth busiest airport, London Luton Airport and has the M1 and A1 running through the county, experiences a complex mix of serious crimes, volume crime, drugs, gangs and terrorism threats.
To prevent crime by early intervention and problem-solving before issues escalate, the Bedfordshire Police force is pushing to reintroduce a community policing model to engage with residents.
Alongside local issues, policing nationally faces new and emerging crime such as cyber-crime, child sexual exploitation and ‘county line’ drug supply and associated criminality.