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Purpose of Collaboration


Gloucestershire Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner are committed to working collaboratively with others where this:

  • Supports the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan
  • Builds resilience, capability and capacity to provide the best possible overall service to our communities
  • Enables longer-term operational effectiveness and economy through greater interoperability, integration or joint-working of policing and public services
  • Achieves value for money through economies of scale, increased efficiency, greater effectiveness, or improved potential for sustainable delivery

Principles of our approach

Our approach is positive but in line with our dual statutory duties to collaborate and to secure value for money for our communities. We will be:

  • Open-minded: deliver services collaboratively unless there are good operational or financial reasons not to do so
  • Flexible and inclusive: consider emerging opportunities and new partners, and seek to keep future options for development open
  • Strengths-based and equitable: work with our partners to recognise and capitalise on our different strengths and encourage relationships which allow fair compromise to achieve positive outcomes for our communities
  • Evidence-led: ensure solutions have been comprehensively assessed demonstrating a real understanding of risks, demand, cost and resource allocation
  • Realistic: ensure plans are sustainable and – where predicted – savings are achievable and timescales realistic
  • Operationally visible: In our operational collaborations and partnerships we will not support any decisions or actions which would be likely to diminish or undermine the identity and brand of "Gloucestershire Constabulary" as an independent, county based police force as a fully participating component of UK Policing.

These principles do not prevent us from working collaboratively with our partners outside the bounds of formal collaboration agreements to secure the best outcomes and value for our communities.


Focus and key partners


In line with the Police and Crime Plan the Constabulary and the PCC seek opportunities to develop our relationships with our closest neighbours in the South West and other adjoining forces to ensure the Constabulary is fully interoperable and policing our borders is seamless. We will maintain a strong focus on opportunities to
increase interoperability, effectiveness and efficiency through alignment of ICT platforms and systems.


The Constabulary and the PCC have agreed and support the national NPCC and APCC's ‘Policing Vision 2025’. Our approach is to do this through a mix of greater national alignment, engagement in non-geographical policing collaborations, regional policing collaborations and local partnerships and other initiatives with statutory and
non-statutory partners within the County (especially in the field of community safety). 

Operational policing: national, regional and sub-regional police partners

We are committed to building operational collaboration with national, regional and sub-regional policing partners to enable us to build greater consistency and
interoperability, and enable us to keep communities safe from national threats that require cross-boundary police response.

Business Support: mix of police and non-police partners


We are committed to building collaboration in delivery of business support functions in line with the NPCC and APCC's vision 2025. This will involve a mix of policing and
non-policing partners to best preserve and support frontline services. 

Local community safety and victim care: local statutory and community partners


We also work with a range of valued local partners to deliver community safety across Gloucestershire. We continue to drive this through active partnerships, collaborations, engagement and commissioning of local services.

 

Our Collaborations

Collaboration Summary Forces Involved
South West
Regional
Organised
Crime Unit
(ROCU -
Zephyr)
A regional response to
serious and organised crime
involving staff from all forces
and a number of related
agencies including UK Border
Agency and Border Forces,
Serious & Organised Crime
Agency, HM Revenue &
Customs & Crown
Prosecution Service.
Avon & Somerset, Devon &
Cornwall, Dorset,
Gloucestershire, Wiltshire
Regional Asset
Recovery Team
(RART Zephyr)
A functional unit within
Zephyr focusing on the
recovery of criminal assets.
Avon & Somerset, Devon &
Cornwall, Dorset,
Gloucestershire, Wiltshire
Regional
Intelligence Unit
(RIU Zephyr)
A functional unit within
Zephyr focusing on
intelligence gathering and
development.
Avon & Somerset, Devon &
Cornwall, Dorset,
Gloucestershire, Wiltshire
South West
Counter
Terrorism
Intelligence Unit
(CTIUSW)
A specialist team from across
the region focusing on the
development of intelligence
to counter any terrorist threat
Avon & Somerset, Devon &
Cornwall,
Dorset, Gloucestershire,
Wiltshire
Major Crime
Investigation
Team
(Brunel MCIT)
Three force collaboration
responding to offences of
murder, manslaughter,
workplace and suspicious
deaths. When not so
committed, officers are
deployed to support local
crime initiatives in their home
forces.
Avon & Somerset,
Gloucestershire, Wiltshire
Firearms
Training Facility
Three force collaboration for
the delivery of firearms
training, including the building
of bespoke training facilities
aligned to Avon & Somerset
PFI.
Avon & Somerset,
Gloucestershire, Wiltshire
Protected
Persons
A functional unit within
Zephyr focusing on
supporting vulnerable
witnesses.
Avon & Somerset, Devon &
Cornwall,
Dorset, Gloucestershire,
Wiltshire
Regional Fraud
Unit
A functional unit within
Zephyr focusing on Fraud
Investigation.
Avon & Somerset, Devon &
Cornwall, Dorset,
Gloucestershire, Wiltshire
National Police
Air Service
(NPAS)
Local delivery of Police Air
Support Services
National

Specialist Operations Unit 

Three force collaboration for
the delivery of armed, dogs and roads policing services
Avon & Somerset,
Gloucestershire, Wiltshire
Management of
Home Office
Grants
An agreement concerning the
arrangements for applying for
and managing grants
received from central
government
Avon & Somerset, Devon &
Cornwall, Dorset,
Gloucestershire, Wiltshire
Procurement of
forensic
analytical
services
An agreement concerning the
procurement of forensic
analytical services
Avon & Somerset, Cheshire,
Cumbria, Devon & Cornwall,
Dorset, Dyfed Powys,
Gloucestershire, Greater
Manchester, Gwent, Hants,
Lancashire, Merseyside, North
Wales, South Wales, Surrey,
Sussex, Thames Valley,
Wiltshire, British Transport
Regional
Governance
Governance of collaboration
arrangements between the
five South West police forces
Avon & Somerset, Devon &
Cornwall, Dorset,
Gloucestershire, Wiltshire
Procurement of
Goods and
Services
("SWPPD")
Establishment and
implementation of a shared
procurement service
Devon & Cornwall, Dorset,
Gloucestershire, Wiltshire
Regulation of
Investigatory
Powers Act
Regional collaboration in
respect of the authorisation of
activity under certain
provisions of the Regulation
of Investigatory Powers Act
2000
Avon & Somerset, Devon &
Cornwall, Dorset,
Gloucestershire, Wiltshire
Vehicle
Procurement
Consortium
Collaboration for the
purchase of blue light cars,
commercial vehicles and
motorcycles
25 police forces and 7 fire and
rescue authorities
Op. Temperer An agreement to allow
officers from the Civil Nuclear
Constabulary to be deployed
in support of Home Office police forces
43 English and Welsh Home
Office police forces and the Civil
Nuclear Constabulary
National
Ballistics
Intelligence
Service
Establishment of the National
Ballistics Intelligence Service
(“NABIS”)
43 English and Welsh Home
Office police forces and National
Crime Agency
National Police
Chiefs Council
Establishment of the National
Police Chiefs Council
(“NPCC”)
43 English and Welsh Home
Office police forces, British
Transport, Civil Nuclear, MOD
Police, Isle of Man, Sovereign
Base Areas (Cyprus), Guernsey,
Jersey, Royal Gibraltar Police,
National Crime Agency, College
of Policing, Border Force, Police
Scotland, Police Service of
Northern Ireland
National Police
Coordination
Centre
Establishment of the National
Police Coordination Centre
(“NPoCC”)
43 English and Welsh Home
Office police forces, Police
Service of Northern Ireland,
British Transport, Civil Nuclear,
MOD Police, Sovereign Base
Areas (Cyprus), Guernsey,
Jersey, Royal Gibraltar Police,
National Crime Agency, College
of Policing, Royal Military Police

 

Objectives 2017-18

Our key objectives in 2017-18 are to:

  • Determine potential opportunities and benefits of greater collaboration with Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service operationally and in respect of the 
    Policing and Crime Act 2017 ‘duty to collaborate’
  • Deliver our contribution to the national armed officer uplift in line with national timescales
  • Ensure successful delivery of Police Transformation Funded projects on Digital Intelligence and Investigations, development of a Collaborative Service
    Platform and the National Citizens in Policing Strategy
  • Scope opportunities and benefits of moving to a police collaborated managed service for HR and other transactional business support services
  • Work to maintain standards of local provision for victims of sexual assault through the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
Page last updated: 24 August 2017