The OPCC exists to support Gloucestershire’s Police & Crime Commissioner, an independent position elected by residents every four years.
Police & Crime Commissioner Martin Surl has held the position since it was first created in 2012 and he is now in his second term of office, which runs until June 2020. We spoke to Martin about his background, interests and commitment to Gloucestershire.
So, what can I tell you about me? Most importantly, I am a Gloucestershire man. My family has lived here for generations and I was born, brought up and educated here. I am also an Independent, which means I have no affiliation to any political party and I will remain independent because I strongly believe that party politics has no place in policing.
As a former senior police officer, I worked in policing and crime reduction across the county and in other parts of the UK for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), which is now the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC). For more than 10 years I worked with Estonia to help it modernise its police service and develop its crime reduction partnerships. I was an advisor to the European Union and advised the Estonian Government on how it should prepare for EU membership in the field of crime reduction, cross government communications and partnership working and was awarded the Order of Merit for introducing child protection measures to that country.
I also held the position of Chief of Staff for ACPO TAM – Terrorist and Allied Matters – to co-ordinate the building of the UKs police counter terrorism network.
I am married with two children and three dogs and although I don’t have as much time as I would like to watch television, I am a bit of a ‘news junkie’ across all media. I have an eclectic taste in music and a keen interest in Formula 1.
When the Government created the role of Police and Crime Commissioner, the brief was simply to reduce crime. My responsibilities to residents, victims of crime and the police as a whole go much wider than that. I am here to act as a voice on the subject of policing and to make Gloucestershire a safer place to live, work and visit. Find out more about how we’re achieving that through the Police and Crime Plan.