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Wiltshire Police
Logo of the Wiltshire Police.
Motto Primus et Optimus
The First and the Best
Agency overview
Formed 1839
Employees 2,236[1]
Volunteers 149[1]
Annual budget £96.0 million[1]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Police area of Wiltshire in the country of England, UK
Map of Wiltshire Police's jurisdiction.
Population 625,000
Legal jurisdiction England & Wales
Governing body Wiltshire Police Authority
Constituting instrument Police Act 1996
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Devizes
Constables 1,364 (of which 135 are special constables)
Police Community Support Officers 147[1]
Agency executive Brian Moore, Chief Constable
Divisions 2
Stations 24
* Police area agency: Prescribed geographic area in the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

Wiltshire Police, formerly known as the Wiltshire Constabulary, is the territorial police force responsible for policing Wiltshire and Swindon in the south-west of England.



The force was established in 1839 under the County Police Act 1839 and was the first county police force to be formed. Its motto, Primus et Optimus, means "the First and the Best".

In 1985, the force was involved in the Battle of the Beanfield, which prevented a convoy of new age travellers, known as the Peace Convoy, from establishing the fourteenth Stonehenge free festival at Stonehenge. The incident led to accusations of a police riot.

In January 2008, Brian Moore was appointed as Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police. He took over following the departure of Martin Richards, who transferred to become Chief Constable of Sussex Police on 1 October 2007. The current Deputy Chief Constable is David Ainsworth.

Headquarters and stations

The headquarters of the force is currently Devizes, which was chosen as the town closest to the geographical centre of the force's area.

Wiltshire Police Authority

The force is under the local oversight of the Wiltshire Police Authority. This has nine councillor members, who are appointed from Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council, and eight independent members, one of whom is a justice of the peace. The responsible government department is the Home Office.

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