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Investing in the Constabulary

For some considerable time, the Chief Constable and I have been concerned about the pressures on police funding and how it impacts on the Force’s ability to provide the service the people of Gloucestershire require and deserve. Whilst we both welcome the added flexibility for raising local taxation given to all Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) by the Government, we are also mindful of your ability to pay. Raising the council tax has never been a decision I have taken lightly. That is why I have made it clear to the Chief Constable, he has to make a convincing case if he wants me to agree to his request for a £2 per month increase for the average council tax payer – the maximum recommended by the Home Office

It is the first duty of the police to keep the public safe and it is my job to hold them to account. Providing value for money is also a priority and due to prudent financial management, which has been commended by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) on their most recent inspection, the Constabulary’s budgetary position is strong. But we also have to be aware of the possibility of reduced funding from central government in the future. In other words, I would be failing in my duty if I shirked the responsibility given to me and all the other PCCs with respect to the police budget. 

The Chief Constable will make his case and I also have a keen understanding what you want and expect from the police, not only from the conversations I have had with the very many people I have met over the past 18 months but also from the views expressed by those who have been in touch with my office.  I hope you will take part in this consultation as part of that process

Martin Surl,

Police and Crime Commissioner

Key areas of proposed investment:

  • enhanced service when you contact the police
  • more people investigating incidents
  • more officers responding to emergencies
  • better support and risk reduction for vulnerable people
  • additional roads policing in the county
  • stalking clinic caseworker
Page last updated: 15 February 2019