Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and advice

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has changed the way it’s working to comply with coronavirus (COVID-19) health guidelines, but we want to reassure you that most of the team’s functions are continuing as normal.

Like many other organisations, we’re doing more of our work online during this period and making good use of our social media channels to pass on information and advice from ourselves and our partners. For updates, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter. You can still message us via our Contact Us page or send us an email directly.

Martin Surl puts questions from the public to Rod Hansen
PCC Martin Surl puts your concerns and questions to the Chief Constable Rod Hansen

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Martin Surl is in daily contact with the Chief Constable Rod Hansen and is continuing to feed back any concerns you have to the Constabulary, ensuring police are keeping focus on protecting elderly and vulnerable people. More on the PCC’s response to the new restrictions and initiatives can be found in our news section.

The uncertainty of the current situation has allowed some flexibility in how the Commissioner’s Fund has been able to react to the needs of local voluntary and community groups at this difficult time – most recently, it has given £5,000 to the Gloucestershire Bike Project to continue helping nurses and other key workers get to and from work safely.

We’ve been looking at more ways to support the county and have pulled together with other funding bodies to form the Gloucestershire Funders, a new collaboration to help keep charities, people and groups afloat amid cancelled fundraising events and similar challenges.

Vital support services are continuing, even though they, too, might be operating differently as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Most organisations have guidance on their websites on how to access their services during the ‘lockdown’. We’ve compiled some useful links for matters which may be of concern:


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YOUR HEALTH

If you need advice on symptoms, best hygiene practice, staying well


SUPPORT SERVICES

If you are self-isolating and need help, have concerns about violence at home or are a victim of crime


EMERGENCY SERVICES

If you need help in an emergency, ring 999


GOVERNMENT ADVICE

If you want clarification on issues such as social distancing, business help, universal credit


COUNCILS

If you need information on issues such as council tax, bin collections, crematoria


WORKING AND SCHOOLING FROM HOME

Resources enabling home-education, video-conferencing and staying safe online


MEDIA OUTLETS

For keeping up-to-date with news nationally and within your local community


News updates from the OPCC:

PCC backs Every Name A Person campaign

OPCC supports national campaign to raise awareness of the Silent Solution system

New Covid support group to help cash-strapped charities

Stalking advice during lockdown

Keeping kids safe online during lockdown

PCC joins public outcry against ‘Covid’ speeders

The hidden key workers keeping custody safe

Chief Constable’s ‘Stay at home’ plea launches new PCC public video series

Is the biggest test still yet to come?

On the right track, Commissioner backs key workers’ cycle scheme

Early release for low-risk offenders

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence advice during Covid-19

New online help and support available for victims of crime

PCC confirms funding for Special Constabulary

Today’s update from the Police and Crime Commissioner

PCC calls for severest sentences for criminals who target elderly made vulnerable by virus

PCC promises to pay up on time

PCC’s response to the coronavirus pandemic

Gloucestershire PCC elections postponed till 2021

£1m released for coronavirus

The Commissioner’s Fund

Here in Gloucestershire, PCC Martin Surl allocates 1% of the overall policing budget to the Commissioner’s Fund, which supports county-based projects that deliver one or more of our priorities. Our aim is to work directly with communities to make Gloucestershire safer.

About the fund

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