Alongside our communities, we are saddened and appalled by the footage that has emerged from the US over recent days of the death of George Floyd at the hands of US police officers. We express our heartfelt sympathies to the family of George Floyd and to all the communities affected by these events, and we acknowledge the current strength of feeling and the impact that incidents of this nature have on communities around the world.

In this country, we are proud of the ‘policing by consent’ model on which our forces operate and the work that our police officers and staff undertake day in, day out to keep our communities safe. We also have a clear and accountable governance system in place, with directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners representing their local communities and holding their chief constables to account on behalf of their communities for policing in their area.

We are committed to working with our communities and Chief Constables to ensure that the principle of ‘the police are the public and the public are the police’ is worked towards and achieved, and that we deliver against the important commitments set out within the NPCC Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

In addition to the above statement the Police and Crime for Gloucestershire, Martin Surl, unequivocally condemns the violence that led to the death of George Floyd.