The police force covers an area of approximately 1,554 square kilometres (approx. 600 square miles) which is made up of the county's three boroughs (Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham), along with the City of Sheffield. The resident population is 1.2 million. The force is the thirteenth largest of the 44 forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Force headquarters is in Sheffield with the force being divided into four basic command units (BCUs): Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.
The Chief Constable is Meredydd Hughes, who was appointed in September 2004.