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Gloucestershire Constabulary

Gloucestershire Constabulary provides policing services to the county of Gloucestershire. The police force area covers 1,024 square miles in the south west of England. Although there are some areas of deprivation, Gloucestershire is generally affluent. Around 0.6 million people live in a predominantly rural setting. Its urban areas include the city of Gloucester, and the towns of Cheltenham, Tewskesbury and Cirencester. The resident population is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit or travel through the county each year.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Wendy Williams is HMI for Gloucestershire
  • HMIC region: The constabulary is in HMIC’s Wales and Western region

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PEEL Assessment

This is HMIC’s second assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with which Gloucestershire Constabulary keeps people safe and reduces crime. PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) gives you information about how your local police force is performing in several important areas. It does this in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year-on-year.

The extent to which Gloucestershire Constabulary is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime requires improvement.

The extent to which Gloucestershire Constabulary is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which Gloucestershire Constabulary is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

My annual assessment of the force’s performance – which brings together all inspection findings into an overall narrative judgment – will be published on 25 February 2016.

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HMIC’s role in inspecting this force

HMIC independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence. We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

Inspections in Gloucestershire

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.

Key facts

Force Area

1,024 square miles


0.61m people 7% local 10 yr change


76% frontline 78% national level
3.1 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
14% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.04 per person 0.05 national level
Local 5 year trend National 5 year trend (no change)


48p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Gloucestershire PCC

Martin-Surl-PCC-GloucestershireMartin Surl

Gloucestershire Constabulary


Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, appointed in February 2013

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