Changes to local policing from July 2015
Changes to local policing in Gloucestershire
Significant changes to local policing across the county took effect on 23 July 2015.
Amongst the most significant developments, response officers for Gloucester and Cheltenham will move to a central location at Bamfurlong, shift patterns for officers and PCSOs will change to match peak periods, and neighbourhood officers will spend less time on speculative work and be more focussed on threat, risk and harm in our communities.
There will continue to be six policing areas, with dedicated Inspectors for each area, but officers may now perform multiple roles and move to other areas in the county if needed.
Response officers will also take on a far more comprehensive role in resolving a crime, ensuring an incident is investigated in most cases to its conclusion without the need to hand over to another office
An important feature of these changes is that officers will be able to offer support to colleagues in other roles and in other areas of the county as and when operations and public demand require it. This may also mean that as demand changes each day, officer roles may change to manage this demand effectively.
Communities may not notice many of the changes straight away but there are some really tangible benefits such as improved officer numbers for policing the night time economy, and more officers to tackle anti-social behaviour at the times when it occurs. Neighbourhood policing will be focussed more on addressing threat, risk and harm. Ultimately it means officers may not be able to attend village fetes, spend time tackling dog fouling or patrol areas where there are no identified issues. However, the new arrangements should ensure that when the public really needs the police they will be there.
The six local policing areas will continue to have individual Inspectors and they will be a point of contact for local communities, for partners, and for elected representatives at parish, town, city, district, county council and parliamentary level.
The Inspectors, and the teams they lead, will be based at police stations in the following locations:
- Barton Street Police station, Gloucester
- Cirencester Police station
- Coleford Police station
- Stroud Police station
- Tewkesbury (inside the Borough Council headquarters)
- Cheltenham Police station
Furthermore, officers will be working from locations in Stow and Dursley.
Both Gloucester and Cheltenham will continue to have their own dedicated teams of officers.