• Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Chris Nelson has responded to reports the Constabulary was put in ‘special measures’ by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Police and Fire Services (HMICFRS)
  • It follows coverage of the Inspectorate’s decision to put Wiltshire Police and the Metropolitan Police Service into an ‘advanced stage of monitoring’, which included other forces previously assessed
  • In 2021, HMICFRS graded Gloucestershire Constabulary inadequate in six categories, good in four and adequate in one other
  • PCC Chris Nelson said, “’Special measures’ can be a misleading term in a policing context, but I take these issues very seriously and have been working closely with the Chief Constable to find the resources for more police, to aid the search for solutions”.

Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner says the Constabulary is making huge progress in response to the critical report by the Inspectorate.

Coverage of the decision to put Wiltshire Police and the Metropolitan Police Service into an advanced stage of monitoring, also highlighted other forces in the country in a similar position, which included Gloucestershire.

The PEEL Inspection, as it is known, is carried-out by the HMICFRS (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Police, Fire and Rescue Services). The Constabulary was examined on its effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy, something all forces are subject to, in 2020 and early 2021. Gloucestershire Constabulary was rated ‘good’ (just one level below an ‘outstanding’ grading) at:

  • preventing crime and anti-social behaviour

  • treating the public with fairness and respect

  • disrupting serious and organised crime

  • supporting the workforce

It was rated ‘adequate’ at managing dangerous offenders, but ‘inadequate’ in:

  • supporting victims

  • investigating crime

  • recording data about crime

  • responding to the public

  • protecting vulnerable people

  • use of resources

Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Nelson said, “As far as our Constabulary is concerned, this is old news. But while ‘special measures’ can be a misleading term in a policing context, I take these issues very seriously and have been working closely with the Chief Constable to find the resources for more police, to aid the search for solutions.

“Over the last year, this has helped the Constabulary make huge progress in recording significantly more crimes. With the vast majority of reported crimes now being formally recorded, the Force is better at looking after victims, spotting repeat victims and identifying vulnerable victims.

“The speed at which all these extra crimes are recorded is getting faster but there is still more to do to make sure they are all logged within the first 24 hours – important if subsequent investigations are to have the best chance of success.

“Improving call response times within the Force Control Room is sadly proving much harder to deliver, but over the next six to 12 months, I will continue to be fully focused on supporting the Chief, and holding him to account, so that these problems are all addressed”.