Gloucestershire Constabulary and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) will be opening their doors to the public once again this month.
The fifth annual open day will take place at Police Headquarters, Waterwells Business Park, Quedgeley, GL2 2AN between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 15 September.
Many of the most popular attractions from previous open days will be returning including the Constabulary's fleet of road policing vehicles, many arena displays including a mini bike police chase, forensics demonstrations, the history of the Force and a range of projects supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner.
In addition the public can meet officers, staff and volunteers from across the two organisations as well as the police dogs and horses.
This year, a series of lectures will be held giving the public an insight into policing and details of these, as well as information on how to book, can be found below:
There will be a ‘mini riot’ demonstration which will show how the police deal with public disorder and there will also be the opportunity to book on a tour of our control room and custody facility.
There will be plenty of activities for children including face painting, a bouncy castle and a chance to meet a selection of farm animals. We are fortunate to have secured a number of quality local catering suppliers who will be on site offering a tasty selection of food choices.
Entry is free and there is free parking at the nearby Park and Ride as well as disabled parking on site.
Chief Constable Rod Hansen said: "I know that my colleagues and I draw great strength from having the chance to interact with the public in a more relaxed way, hear what they have to say about what we do and how we do it and answer any questions people may have. Having some protected time to do so helps build on our mutual understanding and also helps us to get better so please do come along if you can – we look forward to welcoming you."
Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl said, “When the first full-time, professional police force was formed almost 200 years ago, it was based on the principle that the power of the police comes from the consent of the public as opposed to the power of the state.
"The relationship between police and the public is a vital one and I know from what people in Gloucestershire tell me, they are proud of their Constabulary.
“However, the police must never take that for granted and I hope that by inviting the public to see the range of responsibilities we have and the extent of services we provide, will not only maintain that connection but also help foster an even better understanding.
“There is no doubt that in these difficult and dangerous times, our officers and staff are truly grateful for the interest and support of the people of Gloucestershire”.
You can keep up to date with details about the event on our website and social media:
Anyone interested in joining the Constabulary as a volunteer, civilian investigator, special constable or officer will also find recruitment information at the event.
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