New approach to neighbourhood policing in Gloucestershire.
Gloucestershire Constabulary is now offering a new approach to neighbourhood policing, working with communities to deliver the needs they identify and provide a more consistent service across the county.
This is being delivered in line with the Police and Crime Commissioner's plan to make neighbourhood policing a priority, and in response to public opinion.
The Force has pledged to make local policing accessible by providing a dedicated, named PCSO in every neighbourhood so that everyone knows who their local bobby is and how to contact them.
The 55 dedicated PCSOs are first point of contact for local concerns, but they work as part of a bigger team protecting the local and wider communities.
They know their neighbourhood and the people living in it. They will be at the school gate to talk to parents, go into care homes and sheltered houses to talk to residents about the issues that are concerning them, and attend the events that matter in the community.
As well as the dedicated PCSOs each neighbourhood team includes police constables and sergeants who work, sometimes behind the scenes, on a wide range of issues such as Dangerous Drugs Networks, tracking down paedophiles and the organised crime groups which are targeting our rural communities.
They in turn are supported by other specialist teams including those looking after vulnerable children, those investigating major crimes and firearms officers.
The new offer has come at a time when many forces are having to make cuts in neighbourhood policing, including PCSOs, but, thanks to prudent spending decisions, Gloucestershire Constabulary has chosen to invest instead.
The aim is to ensure that the service members we give is the best it can be every time and whilst we can't promise to get it right every time we can promise to work with communities to find the best possible solutions.
We need members of the public to tell us what their local concerns are, by contacting their dedicated officer in the first instance.
Gloucestershire Constabulary aims to continue delivering a professional service that we, and the public, can be proud of.