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Gloucestershire 2017

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This is HMICFRS’ fourth PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessment of Gloucestershire Constabulary. PEEL is designed to give the public information about how their local police force is performing in several important areas, in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year on year. The assessment is updated throughout the year with our inspection findings and reports.

The extent to which the constabulary is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime is not yet graded.

The extent to which the constabulary is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which the constabulary is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The efficiency and legitimacy inspection findings are published below.

Wendy Williams, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary

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HMI's observations

My overall assessment of Gloucestershire’s performance will be published in spring 2018, following the publication of the effectiveness inspections in March 2018.


How effective is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime?

To be graded
View the five questions for effectiveness


How efficient is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime?

Last updated 09/11/2017

Gloucestershire Constabulary is judged to be good in the efficiency with which it keeps people safe and reduces crime. Our overall judgment this year is the same as last year. The constabulary is judged to be good in its understanding of demand; its use of resources to manage demand is assessed to be good; and its planning for future demand is also judged to be good.

The constabulary has a comprehensive understanding of the demand for its services and is improving its understanding of the specific types of demand that are less likely to be reported. It is working to reduce demand effectively, but not to the extent of suppressing it. The constabulary has a good understanding of the cost and quality of current service levels and it prioritises allocation of resources to meet demand. The constabulary invests thoughtfully and is working well with others to manage demand for services, however it might benefit from exploring wider options for collaboration with other forces and partner organisations. The constabulary takes account of public expectations of the services it provides and is well placed to assess future trends and how best to configure its resources in response to them.

The constabulary has a good track record of meeting its required savings target; its plans are built on sound planning assumptions and are subject to regular scrutiny. However, the constabulary needs to do more to ensure that it identifies future leaders within the organisation.

View the three questions for efficiency


How legitimate is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime?

Last updated 12/12/2017

Gloucestershire Constabulary is judged to be good at how legitimately it keeps people safe and reduces crime. For the areas of legitimacy we looked at this year, our overall judgment is more positive than last year, when we judged the force to require improvement. The force is judged to be good at treating all of the people it serves with fairness and respect. It is now also judged to be good at how well it ensures its workforce behaves ethically and lawfully and good at treating its workforce with fairness and respect.

Gloucestershire Constabulary is assessed as good in respect of the legitimacy with which it keeps people safe and reduces crime. The force has improved on last year’s inspection in which we found it to require improvement in respect of its legitimacy.

The force continues to reinforce the importance of treating people with fairness and respect and has made good progress on the areas identified for improvement in last year’s report. It has introduced a structured governance process to manage misconduct problems and complaints. It has also made improvements in how it treats its workforce with fairness and respect. However, it could do more to improve the way it identifies and develops staff with high potential.

View the three questions for legitimacy

Other inspections

How well has the force performed in our other inspections?

In addition to the three core PEEL pillars, HMICFRS carries out inspections of a wide range of policing activity throughout the year. Some of these are conducted alongside the PEEL inspections (for instance, our 2016 leadership assessment); others are joint inspections.

Findings from these inspections are published separately to the main PEEL reports, but are taken into account when producing the rounded assessment of each force's performance.

Key facts

Force Area

1024 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 0.06 national level
Local 5 year trend (no change) National 5 year trend (no change)


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

Points of context provided by the force

  • The force is largely rural with an elderly population; its urban centres are diverse, supporting an active night-time economy and growing ICT sector.
  • The county has high-risk locations, is a site for badger culls, and hosts several major events.

Police and crime plan priorities

  • Accessibility and Accountability – Ensuring our business is transparent and making sure that we get the right resources to the right situation first time, every time and on time.
  • Older but not overlooked – aims to ensure that older and more vulnerable people feel and remain an active part of their communities.
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  • Young people becoming Adults – focuses on delivering sensitive, relevant and effective policing to help young people become productive, law-abiding members of society.
  • With Safe days and nights for all – I aim to better manage the night-time economy and reduce alcohol related crime.
  • The Safe and Social Driving – priority promotes road safety across the county and through this, we intend to reduce offending and anti-social driving.
  • Under the Safer Cyber – priority, we will ensure that Gloucestershire is safer as people and commerce increasingly live and trade online”.