Gloucestershire Constabulary and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) will be opening their doors to the public once again on Saturday.
Over the past three years our annual Open Day has proved so popular we can't wait to open our doors once again and invite the public to come and enjoy all the events we have on offer.
Many of the attractions from the previous three years will be returning for 2017 including mounted police, police dogs, roads policing and firearms.
This year visitors may want to have a look around our Custody Suite or attend one of the lectures we have on offer to give the public an insight into the unseen aspects of policing including child protection, how we are tackling domestic abuse as well and the work of our control room. Also this year, our Chief Constable Rod Hansen and Police and Crime Commission Martin Surl, will be joined by His Honour Judge Jamie Tabor QC and defence solicitor, Tim Burrows, for a discussion on policing in Gloucestershire and criminal justice.
Visitors can also tour the Commissioner's Zone and see the work of over 40 local projects, who are funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner including Cheltenham and Gloucester Street Pastors, Cotswold Friends, The Aston Project and many more.
Some of our partner agencies will also be involved including Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Gloucestershire Highways and the Environment Agency.
There is also an opportunity to sign up to our new Neighbourhood Alerts scheme to ensure you receive up-to-date information on policing or Police and Crime Commissioner work in your area.
The open day will take place on Saturday 16 September between 10am and 3pm at Police Headquarters, Waterwells Business Park, Quedgeley, GL2 2AN.
Entry is free and there is free parking at the nearby Park and Ride and other nearby locations as well as disabled parking on site.
Chief Constable Rod Hansen says: “Last year we recorded our highest numbers of open day visitors, evidence we believe of the interest and support of the people of Gloucestershire for their police force.
In these difficult and dangerous times our officers and staff are truly grateful for this support and we look forward to welcoming you whether you are returning or making your first visit.
The relationship between police and public is a vital one and we hope that by inviting you in to see the range of responsibilities we have and the extent of services we provide, we will not only maintain that connection but also help foster an even better understanding of what we do on your behalf.”
PCC Martin Surl says: "The Constabulary Open Day is a chance for the public to meet officers, find out more about what the police do and get a taste of what goes on behind the headlines. It's important that the public know this is their police force, and days like this are crucial in building cohesive, inclusive communities.
"This year I'll be taking part in a talk called 'What's the day job?' which will not only give the public an insight into my role but is also in line with my 'Accessibility and Accountability priority'.
"Also this year a number of projects supported by the Commissioner's Fund will be in the sports hall, such as the Friendship Café, Kingfisher Treasure Seekers and charities such as GRASAC and the SARC, and so I encourage the public to take a look and find out more about what kind of work the Fund helps to finance.
"The Open Day is always a well-attended event, with last year's having been the busiest, and I'm looking forward to it again this year."
Keep up to date with details about the event on our website and social media. We'll also be posting live updates on the day, so get involved with the hashtag #GPOpenDay17.
We look forward to seeing you!