First of all, welcome to the website of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
I hope you can spare a few minutes to have a look around and find out more about me, my office and what we do. I have promised to be both accessible and transparent and this website is updated regularly so I hope you will come back whenever you need to.
So, what can I tell you about me? Most important, 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 a dog and although I don’t have as much time as I would like to watch television, I am a bit of a ‘news junky’ 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”. How we achieve that is a bit more complicated and you can find out more about how we are going about it, and the successes we have achieved, elsewhere on this site.
PCC Martin Surl
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