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Priority lead: Joanna Smallwood


Chief Superintendent, Gloucestershire Constabulary

What are the key requirements for the accessibility and accountability priority?

  • To get the right resources to the right situation or problem first time, every time, on time and dealing with the matter appropriately and effectively
  • To realise the ideal of the local policing delivering office working in and working with the communities of Gloucestershire.

How priority lead Chief Superintendent Joanna Smallwood is going to deliver the accessibility and accountability priority 

I have the exciting opportunity of leading on this priority – this means that I have to make sure the police are as accessible and accountable to the public as possible.

But what does that actually mean?

Essentially, it is my responsibility to ensure that you can contact the police when you need them and that we will:

  • Respond to your need – effectively and appropriately
  • Resolve your issue effectively and appropriately
  • Re-direct you appropriately to other agencies, partners, voluntary/3rd sector service providers
  • Resource from our staffing capability to your need

Our Force Control Room is normally the route that most people use to contact the police and we have done a great deal of work to improve the service that we provide.

This has resulted in over 90% of our 999 emergency calls being answered within 10 seconds and most of those are answered much quicker – on average just 2-3 seconds.  

Over 83% of calls received on our non-emergency 101 number are answered within the national requirement of 40 seconds.

That means that more than 8 out of 10 people who ring our 101 number have their call answered within 40 seconds.  

Nationally we are recognised for our service and recently a comparison survey of the 43 police forces in England and Wales revealed that since September 2015 Gloucestershire’s Control Room has moved from 20th to 4th position in the category of ‘User Satisfaction for Ease of Contact’, with  an increase in customer satisfaction of 3% from 94.8% to 97.8%.

Some of the other things we are doing include:

    • reviewing our service provision end to end
    • ensuring the needs of victims are met at all times from the first point of contact
    • reviewing the Constabulary’s neighbourhood policing ‘service offer’
    • developing capability and capacity through Specials recruitment, our cadet program, community relationships and other voluntary/innovative options
    • offer transparency through our service recovery and complaints review
    • work with other law enforcement agencies to tackle threats from serious and organised crime, terrorism and sexual exploitation
    • making sure officers and staff are available and accessible to the public, improving our links with the public through channel management
    • reviewing local needs and working with other partners and agencies to deliver the best service
    • ensuring that our officers and staff respect and value the people who need our services

All these things are “work in progress” and we are constantly trying to improve the service that we deliver in challenging financial times.

We have and continue to strive to deliver great policing to our communities, we want to be more efficient and effective, caring and available, working with you and our partners to make a difference to those who live, work and visit Gloucestershire.

Whilst this is a brief introduction into what ‘Accessibility and Accountability’ means, you can find more detail here in what we call the Delivery Plan 

Accessibility and accountability

Priority delivery plan

If you would like to read the delivery plan, please click on the icon below

Projects supported under accessibility and accountability

  • Gloucestershire County Council - Gloucestershire Archives
    The Constabulary archive project is a key strand of ‘For the Record’, a major partnership project which will develop a collaborative approach to gathering, keeping and sharing the documented heritage of Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire. The Constabulary archive project aims to open up the police archive collections, sharing key documents and stories on a new inter-active website; provide the Constabulary archive with a permanent home in environmentally controlled strongrooms; provide the Constabulary archive volunteers with a permanent home in a new “Heritage Hub”; capture and preserve memories and recollections of times gone by in policing the historic and present county of Gloucestershire; deliver an archives inspired community outreach & engagement programme.
  • Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre - GRASAC
    We wish to build capacity within the ISVA service in Gloucestershire through direct service provision of 22.5 hours per week based within the SARC (and in the community). As well as preventative work, raising awareness campaigns, events and ongoing support work of 14.5 hours per week based within GRASAC.
    To (1) prevent older, disabled and vulnerable becoming victims of crime or (2) having been victims, prevent them becoming repeat victims and (3) by making them feel more secure and safe, improving the quality of life for them in their own homes.
  • Gloucestershire constabulary -Glos city homes
    The Junior Warden Scheme is an after school club run in partnership with Glos Police, Local Primary School, Glos City Homes and local Youth Groups. The Junior Warden Programme is over a nine week for each school. The programme includes sessions on ASB and the effect it has on the community, road safety advice and awareness as well as estate inspections to make recommendations to make changes in the community, Police Operations such as Op Switch and Op Halloween. The sessions are run with Police Staff, Glos City Homes Staff, Teaching Staff and Youth Workers. The sessions will teach the wardens how to identify issues in the community and how to resolve them or who to contact to discuss sorting the issues.
  • Gloucestershire Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre - GRASAC
    • To improve accessibility to Rape Crisis services for all women and girls, through web based and other social media, with a special focus on engaging young women (aged 13-25) and those from diverse and rural communities. • To work alongside young women to steer the project to ensure appropriate services are developed that are relevant, accessible and meet their identified needs. • To work in partnership with statutory and voluntary sector agencies to raise awareness of healthy relationships and address negative attitudes to sex and relationships with young people. • Engage young women (aged 18 – 25) in volunteering in their community, to gain skills and confidence that will be used throughout their working lives.
Page last updated: 10 January 2018