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The Chief Constable, Rod Hansen, and The Police and Crime Commissioner, Martin Surl, warmly invite you to our Open Day. 

On Saturday 14 September from 10am-3pm, Gloucestershire Constabulary will open its doors to the public once again. This FREE event will take place at Gloucestershire Constabulary's HQ in Quedgeley, and is guaranteed to be a fun-filled and informative day out for all of the family. 

You'll be able to get up close and personal with our fleet of police vehicles, drones unit, firearms unit and mounted unit. Our display arena will be jam-packed with demonstrations throughout the day, with the return of our police dogs display and high-octane public order demonstration, plus much more!

There will also be an opportunity to get behind-the-scenes access to our custody suites and control room with our popular tours, and understand the complex nature of the work we do through a series of lectures throughout the day. There will also be plenty of new attractions including a mock police scenario.

In addition to the above, you'll also be able to step back in time with our archive collection and discover Gloucestershire Constabulary's past and learn about the forensic techniques used to solve crime with our forensic department. If you are thinking of joining the police then come and visit the staff in the recruitment zone who will be providing advice and information about the various exciting opportunities offered by the Constabulary.

Alongside our police and OPCC representatives, we'll be joined by many partners, agencies and exhibitors. We hope to see you there! 

Dogs

Well behaved dogs are permitted to attend the Open Day however, only guide dogs will be allowed within the police buildings.

Please take into consideration the event will be very busy and noisy with police sirens.

Do not bring dogs and leave them in vehicles unattended.

Food and drink

There will be a range of reasonably priced, local food suppliers at the event to cover all culinary tastes.

You are more than welcome to bring picnics to the day but please do not bring any knives of any sort.

As part of our ongoing commitment to help protect and improve the environment for our communities, we're asking visitors to help us minimalise the use of single use plastic. We are encouraging visitors to bring their own refillable drinking bottles and make use of the water bowers that will be available on site. The bowsers will be provided by Severn Trent and will be available for visitors to use free of charge.  

Getting here

The Open Day will take place at Gloucestershire Constabulary County police Headquarters, 1 Waterwells, Waterwells Drive, Quedgeley, Gloucester, GL2 2AN. 

Parking

General parking

Public parking is available at the Park and Ride facility which is a few minutes’ walk from Police Headquarters as well as a number of other car parks that belong to local businesses. Parking will be well signed on approach to the event.

Disabled parking

Disabled parking is available next door to the Police headquarters, which is very close to the main site.

Please ensure you bring and display your disabled badge in your vehicle. 

Security

Upon arrival to HQ, security checks and a search system will be in place. Please be patient for a short wait and remember we have your safety in mind. Please do not bring any knives, bladed or pointed articles of any sort into the event. 

Whilst adequate security is provided on site, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of your belongings. There is no lockable storage on site so please bear this in mind when bringing items of high value. The Constabulary and OPCC cannot accept responsibility for the safety of goods at any time.

You are advised not to leave any valuable equipment or articles unattended at any time. Please report any unattended bags or suspicious items to a member of staff. 

We will be offering wristbands for vulnerable adults and children where you can write a contact number on. In the unlikely event of you being separated, officers are then able to easily identify parents/guardians and reunite them as soon as possible.

Tickets

The event is FREE and does not require a ticket. 

Spaces on the behind-the-scenes tours to our Force Control Room and Custody Please are available on a first-come-first-serve basis only on the day. 

If you'd like to attend one of our lectures you will need to reserve your place in advance due to limited number of seats available. More information can be found here.

What's on

What's on

 

Zone 1 - Display arena 

10.00am - Police band - The Band of Gloucestershire Constabulary will take pride of place in our display arena to officially open the event. Visitors will be treated to musical masterpiece as our annual event gets underway. 

10.30am - Who let the dogs out? - Watch our highly-trained dogs in action as they take to our display arena to showcase their specialist skills. Our dog unit will demonstrate how they prevent and detect crime by recreating real life scenarios, as well as proving their bite is definitely worse than their bark! This is one of our most popular arena displays and one you certainly do not want to miss!

11.00am - Cops n robbers - Cops and robbers take to the arena for the ultimate showdown! As the robbers attempt to make the perfect getaway, our cops will be hot on their tails on mini-motos. This promises to be an exciting fast-faced display - blink and you'll miss it! 

11.30am - In the firing line - Our highly trained firearms unit demonstrate their specialist skills and capabilities. You'll get a unique insight into the world of a firearms officer as they demonstrate how they respond to conflict and assess threats using a range of tactical options. 

12.00pm - I predict a riot - Our riot squad will be taking to our display arena for a high-octane public order demonstration complete with petrol bombs, Tasers and our canine colleagues! This action-packed display will showcase the tactics used in a public order situation to ensure we are prepared for any situation. There will also be an opportunity for visitors to get involved – you won’t want to miss this!

12.45pm - Children’s fancy dress parade - We are encouraging children to dress up in their best police uniforms at our Open Day. Children will be invited to the display arena to parade their outfits, and the child with the best uniform will be awarded a prize!

1.00pm - Cadet drill - Our Police Cadet scheme provides young people between the ages of 13 and 18 years-old the opportunity to help keep communities safe by working alongside police officers and PCSOs. The scheme provides exciting opportunities to develop new skills and self confidence, which will be demonstrated in this display as our Cadets proudly showcase their skills in a drill. 

1.15pm - Who let the dogs out? - Watch our highly-trained dogs in action as they take to our display arena to showcase their specialist skills. Our dog unit will demonstrate how they prevent and detect crime by recreating real life scenarios, as well as proving their bite is definitely worse than their bark! This is one of our most popular arena displays and one you certainly do not want to miss!

1.45pm - I predict a riot - Our riot squad will be taking to our display arena for a high-octane public order demonstration complete with petrol bombs, Tasers and our canine colleagues! This action-packed display will showcase the tactics used in a public order situation to ensure we are prepared for any situation. There will also be an opportunity for visitors to get involved – you won’t want to miss this!

2.30pm – It’s an emergency! - The sirens are on and we're on our way! The three emergency services race to the scene of a serious accident to demonstrate how they work together at the scene. As the clock ticks down, the services show how they deal with complex situations that arise to ensure the best chance of survival.  

*Please note, times may be subject to change. 

Zone 2 - Animals in policing

Police dogs

Zone 3 – Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Environment Agency and Partners
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service
Severn Area Rescue Association
Serve On

Zone 4 - Safe and Social Driving

British Deer Society - Humane Animal Dispatch Group
Cheltenham & Cotswolds Advanced Motorcyclists
Gloucestershire Bike Project
Gloucestershire Mini Bike Project
Go karts
Pathfinder
Speed awareness vehicles
Speed camera van
Virtual Reality Headsets

Zone 5 - Talk Tent

Our Talk Tent is set to be one of the most popular attractions at our Open Day. There will be several talks throughout the day covering a wide range of topics, providing a detailed insight into the world of policing. Some of our most popular talks will be returning for another year, as well as new topics and speakers. Some of this year's talks include, 'Meet the Police Dog Section, 'A career in policing' and 'Exposing the Exploiters', amongst others. Full details about the talks and how to book tickets can be found our our Facebook page, here

Zone 6 – Recruitment

Become a volunteer
Gloucestershire Army Cadet Force
Gloucestershire Constabulary Cadets
Join the police
Our uniform
Staff associations
University of South Wales

Zone 7 – Rural and Environmental Crime

Drone Unit
Rural Crime Team
Worcester Barn Owl Conservation Group

Zone 8 - Play

Aston Project
B’n’Js Bouncy Castles
Face painting by Crimestoppers
St James City farm

Zone 9 - Food

Cotswold Pizza Co.
Cotswold Vintage Scoop
Kenya Safari Food
Kingshot Coffee
Notorious P.I.G
Notorious R.A.P
The Full Monty
The Hindu Community Centre

Zone 10 – Cyber

Have I been pwned?
Live cyber-attack map
Parental controls
Retro arcades
Safe cyber presentations
Safety online for children with Schoolbeat

Zone 11 – NHS

2gether NHS Foundation Trust
Glos Talks
Great Western Air Ambulance Charity
Healthwatch Gloucestershire
Severn Freewheelers
South Western Ambulance Service
Stonehouse Memory Link

Zone 12 – Harm Reduction and Safeguarding

CGL
Cheltenham Guardians
Citizens Advice Stroud and Cotswolds District
Crime Prevention Team
GayGlos
Gloucestershire Fostering
Gloucestershire Safeguarding Adults Team
Gloucestershire Samaritans
Gloucestershire Telecare
Pets as Therapy (P.A.T)
Solace

Zone 13 - Police fleet

Blue Light Vehicle Preservation Group
Police cars that were, are and will be

Zone 14 – Food

Costa Coffee
Gather & Gather

Zone 15 – Forensics

Interactive activities for all the family

Zone 16 – Commissioners Funded Projects

Including police fitness tests

Zone 17 - Police Archives

A look into the history of Gloucestershire Constabulary

Behind-the-scenes tours 

You'll have the opportunity to get behind-the-scenes access to our Force Control Room and Custody Suites. Official tours will run throughout the day and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Gates will open at 10am, so you’ll have to be quick to avoid disappointment! 

Page last updated: 10 September 2019