Partnerships are vitally important to us. By working together we can reduce crime and tackle anti-social behaviour in our county. Without the support of local organisations and national bodies, we would not be able to achieve everything we want to deliver through the Police and Crime Plan.
Victims are at the heart of everything we do and the OPCC and our partners are collectively working for the benefit of the residents, communities and businesses of Gloucestershire. Gloucestershire Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner are committed to working collaboratively with others where this:
- supports the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan
- builds resilience, capability and capacity to provide the best possible overall service to our communities
- enables longer-term operational effectiveness and economy through greater interoperability, integration or joint-working of policing and public services
- achieves value for money through economies of scale, increased efficiency, greater effectiveness, or improved potential for sustainable delivery.
Our approach is positive, but in line with our dual statutory duties to collaborate and secure value for money for our communities, we will be:
- open-minded: deliver services collaboratively unless there are good operational or financial reasons not to do so
- flexible and inclusive: consider emerging opportunities and new partners, and seek to keep future options for development open
- strengths-based and equitable: work with our partners to recognise and capitalise on our different strengths and encourage relationships which allow fair compromise to achieve positive outcomes for our communities
- evidence-led: ensure solutions have been comprehensively assessed demonstrating a real understanding of risks, demand, cost and resource allocation
- realistic: ensure plans are sustainable and – where predicted – savings are achievable and timescales realistic
- operationally visible: in our operational collaborations and partnerships we will not support any decisions or actions which would be likely to diminish or undermine the identity and brand of “Gloucestershire Constabulary” as an independent, county-based police force and fully participating component of UK Policing.
These principles do not prevent us from working collaboratively with our partners outside the bounds of formal collaboration agreements to secure the best outcomes and value for our communities.
In line with the Police and Crime Plan, the Constabulary and the PCC seek opportunities to develop our relationships with our closest neighbours in the South-West, and other adjoining forces, to ensure the Constabulary is fully interoperable and the policing of our borders is seamless. We will maintain a strong focus on opportunities to increase interoperability, effectiveness and efficiency.
The Constabulary and the PCC have agreed and support the national NPCC and APCC’s ‘Policing Vision 2025’. Our approach is to do this through a mix of greater national alignment, engagement in non-geographical policing collaborations, regional policing collaborations, local partnerships and other initiatives with statutory and non-statutory partners within the County (especially in the field of community safety).
Operational policing: national, regional and sub-regional police partners
We are committed to building operational collaboration with national, regional and sub-regional policing partners to enable us to build greater consistency and interoperability, and which enable us to keep communities safe from national threats that require cross-border police response.
Business Support: mix of police and non-police partners
We are committed to building collaboration in delivery of business support functions, in line with the NPCC and APCC’s vision 2025. This will involve a mix of policing and non-policing partners to best preserve and support frontline services.
Local community safety and victim care: local statutory and community partners
We also work with a range of valued local partners to deliver community safety across Gloucestershire. We continue to drive this through active partnerships, collaborations, engagement and commissioning of local services.
Our key objectives in 2019-20 are to:
- continue to pursue opportunities and the benefits of greater collaboration with Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service operationally and in respect of the Policing and Crime Act 2017’s ‘duty to collaborate’
- deliver our contribution to the national armed officer uplift in line with national timescales
- ensure successful delivery of Police Transformation Funded projects on improved digital services, the implementation of a new Emergency Services Network and the National Citizens in Policing Strategy
- work to maintain standards of local provision for victims of sexual assault through the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)