South Wales Police is an organisation with a committed and proud workforce all of whom have the same mission – to Keep South Wales Safe. The Force spans a wide geographical area including rural, coastal and urban communities including Swansea and Cardiff City centre. We are the largest police force in Wales serving over 1.3 million people. The Force covers 42% of the country’s population and manages around 49% of the total crime in Wales.
On the 7th of September 2020, the Force implemented a three Basic Command Unit (BCU) operating model. The current structure is as follows:
The Force area and its three BCUs, span the seven unitary authority boundaries of Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea and the Vale of Glamorgan, with Headquarters situated in Bridgend. The area includes 64 of the 100 most deprived communities in Wales (and indeed Europe). It is a diverse region, boasting urban, rural and coastal areas and featuring the two largest cities in Wales, Swansea and the capital city, Cardiff.
Unlike its most similar forces, South Wales Police has a very significant major events profile, more in keeping with metropolitan forces. Each year, the Force polices approximately 500 events, which require varying levels of police intervention in terms of planning and resources. These include policing Premiership, Championship, European and international football, international cricket, regional and international rugby and world championship boxing.
The Force also has a purpose built, shared facility with the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit, TARIAN and the National Crime Agency to assist in tackling serious and organised crime both across the Force and the southern Wales region. This model is regarded as a centre of excellence and a model for collaboration and colocation throughout the United Kingdom.
Similar to other large forces the level of drug use and serious crime in some of our communities also demands the intensive application of resources. As well as evolving threats from cyber-crime and online exploitation we continue to focus on enduring threats, such as violence against women and girls. The number of crimes of sexual violence reported to us has doubled in the last three years, reflecting an increased confidence in reporting to the police, and we are determined to seek justice for victims.