Our Plan is Surrey Police's vision, which will see the Force fight crime and protect people; strive to earn the trust and confidence of all our communities; and be here for everyone who needs us, we put service before self.
Our Plan was launched by Chief Constable Tim De Meyer in September 2023.
Our Plan will see the Force prevent crime and solve problems by reducing crime across a number of key areas including serious violence, knife crime, and ASB. We will investigate crime thoroughly by increasing investigative capability and charge rates. Suspects will be arrested swiftly, as we continue to pursue criminals relentlessly. Victims will be supported throughout, from the initial report to the court process, and we will provide the best possible service we can for them.
Misconduct will be addressed swiftly, fairly, and transparently as we act ethically to the highest standards. We will continually work to earn the trust of all of our communities, and will never take this trust for granted. As a Force, we also want to make sure that all of our officers, staff, and volunteers feel and believe they belong.
As we work productively and spend public money wisely, we will ensure that we are making the most of our resources and minimising waste. We will allocate time and resources according to the need for policing and the value we can add to ensure we are always able to respond promptly and according to need. Our workforce will be equipped for current and future needs as we remain resilient and prepared. We will also maintain a resilient crime-fighting workforce to reduce the risks associated with policing, by keeping our officers and staff are kept as fit, healthy, and safe as possible.
A one-page document outlining Our Plan can be found here.
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has published the full Police and Crime Plan which details the six public police and crime priorities for Surrey. This plan sets the strategic direction for the Force and partners in criminal justice and community safety.
Surrey covers 644 square-miles, with one county council, 11 boroughs/districts and six clinical commissioning groups with five major hospitals.
It has 62 motorway miles, including the busiest M25 stretch. Surrey’s rivers include the Thames (notable flooding risk); the county is 73% greenbelt. Surrey borders the UK’s busiest two airports.
It is the third most densely populated county in SE England, with the population in 2021 at 1.2 million (a 6.2% increase on the 2011 census). 14.5% of Surrey residents reported that they identified as non-White.
It has the fourth largest Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community in the UK.
Surrey’s universities have 24,000 students.
The Olympic legacy increased the sporting footprint, with national cycling competitions and the country’s largest one-day sporting event (Epsom Derby). The increase in cycling on Surrey’s roads has caused tensions for road users.
In November 2023, Surrey Police had 4196 employees (officers and staff). There has been a 19.4% increase in officer headcount since March 2019. Public confidence remains high.
In the past year (December 2022-December 2023) the number of recorded crimes has increased by 1.8%. Increases have been seen in vehicle crime and theft however, there have been reductions in a number of areas, including fraud.
The Force has invested resource in historic issues, notably the Savile investigation and hacking of Milly Dowler’s telephone. This will continue with the Deepcut inquests and other cases.