A green and pleasant county (A compassionate approach)

Priority lead: Hilary Allison

Organisation: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

We are taking action to operate in as responsible and sustainable way as possible. This priority also reflects our respect for all animals - domestic, farm and wild. It establishes a ‘compassionate approach’ to all animals, which is fundamental to our way of life.

Hilary Allison

What are the key requirements for the green and pleasant county?

opcc branding icon To ensure the environment, sustainability, human and animal welfare issues – including the use of plastic - are considered at every opportunity. From new initiatives, food choices, travel options and construction.
opcc branding icon This priority also reflects our respect for all animals - domestic, farm and wild. It establishes a ‘compassionate approach’ to all animals, which is fundamental to our way of life

At a glance: A green and pleasant county (A compassionate approach)

  • Over the next 18 months I will ask the Chief Constable and his team to come up with a plan for the Constabulary to become carbon neutral by 2035 if viable
  • Building on the success of having the largest percentage of electric vehicles of any police force in England and Wales, the Constabulary will continue to work to explore options around the ongoing electrification of the fleet, where operationally appropriate
  • The OPCC and Constabulary will develop a close relationship with the Government sponsored Active Building Centre to pioneer and demonstrate the many benefits from sustainable energy for any future building projects
  • As Vice Chair of the Association of the Police & Crime Commissioners, I am leading national work on this and will identify and disseminate best practice to further this agenda
  • The Constabulary will adopt ‘a compassionate approach’ to all animals, including those in its service and other domestic, wild and working animals
  • A Constabulary and county will recognise the link between human wellbeing and animal welfare and the powerful positive impact our wildlife and environment can have on our wellbeing
  • Under my leadership, the Constabulary will continue to be a beacon of good practice in the environmental and sustainable agenda across policing in the UK.

In depth: A green and pleasant county (A compassionate approach)

Gloucestershire is our county. We are blessed by the environment in which we live and it is incumbent on us all to look after it, and all who live in it, for our children and our children’s children. We are merely its custodians and must protect it for future generations.

Despite there being no legal requirement on the Constabulary, I am immensely proud that for some time now I have been able to use my position to champion environmental sustainability with the commitment to ‘A green and pleasant county’ as part of my Police & Crime Plan.  I am the only PCC in the country to do so and, possibly because of this, Gloucestershire is the only Constabulary to achieve the highest environmental credentials with ISO 14001 certification, the international standard for environment management systems.

I am proud that the Constabulary is leading the way in terms of UK policing with our commitment to electrification of the fleet.  Building on this success, I expect it to explore further options as technology and capability develops for further electrification of the fleet where operationally appropriate.

This priority also reflects our respect for all animals – domestic, farm and wild. It establishes a ‘compassionate approach’ to all animals, which is fundamental to our way of life.

Gloucestershire is by definition a rural county and the importance of its way of life needs to be reflected in local policing.  A vibrant and successful agricultural sector is crucial to the county’s recovery from the pandemic, the impact of Brexit and climate change. Therefore, the OPCC and the Constabulary will build on the strong partnerships that already exist, to protect all our communities, urban or rural, and businesses from crime in all its forms.

 

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.

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