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Gloucestershire PEEL 2014


How well the force delivers value for money

Last updated 12/11/2014


Gloucestershire Constabulary will meet the financial challenge set out by the spending review. It is looking to the future so that it will be able to sustain its policing services in the face of further funding cuts.

Gloucestershire Constabulary is not only on track to meet its financial challenge set out by the spending review period, but also has plans in place to achieve further significant savings over the next two years, to March 2017.

Overall, the force understands the issues that it is facing. It is developing new structures for providing policing that will align resources to demand and ensure a focus on frontline policing and crime-fighting activities. HMIC found that the force is well managed and has a clear plan for the future.

While making savings, the force has maintained a focus on fighting crime and has achieved a higher reduction in crime over the spending review than the figure for England and Wales. In addition, overall crime levels remain lower than elsewhere.

Questions for Efficiency


To what extent is the force efficient?


To what extent is the force efficient?

When the spending review started, Gloucestershire Constabulary was already being run efficiently and with comparatively low costs. It has continued to make cuts to its spending.

The force is in the process of carrying out a detailed review of all of its demand. The results of the demand and resourcing analysis will inform the new structure being implemented, enabling it to achieve its entire savings requirement and protect frontline policing and crime fighting.

The force has seen a bigger overall reduction in crime over this period than the figure for England and Wales, although over the last 12 months the rate of reduction has slowed, and victim satisfaction remains below that of England and Wales.



To what extent is the force taking steps to ensure a secure financial position for the short and long term?


HMIC is confident that Gloucestershire Constabulary will reduce its spending and make the required savings by the end of the spending review period, and that plans are in place to save a further £2.5m in 2015/16. It is also planning further ahead, and has plans in place to achieve another £6.8m of anticipated savings in 2016/17.

The force already has a strong track record of achieving the savings it planned to make, and has strong financial management.

The force is developing plans to change the way it is structured to enable it to cope with further cuts and continue to provide effective policing.



To what extent has the force got an affordable way of providing policing?


Gloucestershire Constabulary has already made significant savings from changing the way it manages policing, particularly from reducing the costs of support services. It has worked hard to limit the cuts to jobs and find savings from non-pay areas.

It has reviewed its current organisation and is implementing a new way of providing policing that will enable it to continue to tackle priorities with fewer resources, as well as coping with further budget cuts in the future.

The force has worked well to collaborate with neighbouring Avon and Somerset Constabulary and Wiltshire Police. The joint policing operations are set to achieve savings and provide a better service for the public of Gloucestershire.