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Gloucestershire 2021/22

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The force says...

Gloucestershire is a rural county covering 1,024 square miles. Its population of 640,650 is older than average. The greatest ethnic diversity is in Gloucester (11%). Twelve neighbourhoods are in the most deprived 10% nationally.

The county houses royal residencies, the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and GCHQ, increasing potential physical and cyber security threats requiring the retention of additional firearms capability.

The National Hunt Festival and the Royal International Air Tattoo attract over 370,000 visitors, requiring the mobilisation of significant policing resources.

The city of Gloucester has commercial quays, an urban night-time economy, ICT and finance sectors. With 3,300 miles of roads, including the M5 corridor. The student populations exceed 13,000.

Crime rate is in line with the average of Gloucestershire’s most similar forces.

Volume of recorded crime has decreased 4% comparing June 2019 to May 2020 with June 2020 to May 2021. The national decrease is 5.5%

There are approximately 40,000 crimes reported annually, with demand around violent crime, theft and arson and criminal damage. The FCR receives around 100,000 incidents per year.

The revenue budget for 2020/21 is £132.4m, funded 52% by government grant and 48% by local Council Tax. The 2021/21 budget assumes establishment for officers and staff of 2,034 FTE (full time equivalent).

Operational teams include dedicated neighbourhood policing, force response units, local policing investigation and dedicated crime management functions working in partnership with the force control room. Supported by a centralised custody suite, investigations facility, digital and public protection hubs, including a MASH. The crime harm reduction team with local partnerships work to tackle gang violence and anti-social behaviour, and safeguard vulnerable people (e.g. Project Solace, Aston Project).

Specialist functions of roads policing, armed capability (including royal household protection) and dogs are delivered in force. Major and organised crime capabilities are collaborative with South West forces.

Disclaimer: the above statement has been prepared by Gloucestershire Constabulary. The views and information in it are not necessarily those of HMICFRS.