Purpose of collaboration

Gloucestershire Constabulary and the Gloucestershire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) are committed to working collaboratively where this:

  • supports the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan
  • builds resilience, capability and capacity to provide the best possible
  • overall service to our communities
  • enables longer-term operational effectiveness and economy through greater interoperability, integration or joint-working of policing and public services
  • achieves value for money through economies of scale, increased efficiency, greater effectiveness, or improved potential for sustainable delivery

Our approach is positive but in line with our dual statutory duties to collaborate and to secure value for money for our communities. We will be:

  • open-minded: deliver services collaboratively unless there are good operational or financial reasons not to do so
  • flexible and inclusive: consider emerging opportunities and new partners, and seek to keep future options for development open
  • strengths-based and equitable: work with our partners to recognise and capitalise on our different strengths and encourage relationships which allow fair compromise to achieve positive outcomes for our communities
  • evidence-led: ensure solutions have been comprehensively assessed and demonstrate a real understanding of risks, demand, cost and resource allocation
  • realistic: ensure plans are sustainable and – where predicted – savings are achievable and timescales realistic
  • operationally visible: in our operational collaborations and partnerships, we will not support any decisions or actions which would be likely to diminish or undermine the identity and brand of ‘Gloucestershire Constabulary’ as an independent, county based police force as a fully participating component of UK policing.

These principles do not prevent us from working collaboratively with our partners outside the bounds of formal collaboration agreements to secure the best outcomes and value for our communities.

Focus and key partners

In line with the Police and Crime Plan, the Constabulary and OPCC seek opportunities to develop our relationships with our closest neighbours in the South West and other adjoining forces to ensure the Constabulary is fully interoperable and policing our borders is seamless. We will maintain a strong focus on opportunities to increase interoperability, effectiveness and efficiency through alignment of ICT platforms and systems.

The Constabulary and OPCC have agreed and support the national NPCC and APCC's ‘Policing Vision 2025’. Our approach is to do this through a mix of greater national alignment, engagement in non-geographical policing collaborations, regional policing collaborations and local partnerships and other initiatives with statutory and non-statutory partners within the county (especially in the field of community safety).

Operational policing: national, regional and sub-regional police partners

We are committed to building operational collaboration with national, regional and sub-regional policing partners to enable us to build greater consistency and interoperability, and enable us to keep communities safe from national threats that require cross-boundary police response.

Our current national collaborations are:

  • National Police Air Service (NPAS)
  • Op Temperer
  • National Ballistics Intelligence Service
  • National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and National Police Co-ordination Centre (NPoCC)
  • National Criminal Records Office (NCRO)
  • National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service
  • National Wildlife Crime Unit
  • National Police Freedom of Information and Data Protection Unit
  • National agreements for CHIS and property interference authorisations.

Our current regional collaborations are:

  • South West Regional Counter-Terrorism Intelligence Unit (CTIU)
  • South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU)
  • South West Regional Intelligence Unit
  • South West Regional Asset Recovery Team
  • Regional RIPA Authorisations agreements
  • Major Crime Investigation (with Avon & Somerset and Wiltshire).

We are working on projects to deliver:

  • a national business case for future delivery of specialist capabilities across the police service
  • South West and South Wales expansion of counter-terrorism firearms specialist officers (armed officer uplift)
  • regional implementation of the Emergency Services Network (ESN) in the South West
  • further regional development of ROCU core capabilities (organised crime group mapping)
  • a three-force single ‘STORM’ platform with (Avon & Somerset and Wiltshire) funded through the Police Innovation Fund
  • a future operating model for local Digital Intelligence and Investigations (with Durham and Essex) through the Police Transformation Fund project ‘Crystallise’
  • a business case for delivery of a collaborative ICT platform (with Durham and Essex, supported by Wiltshire) to deliver DII and wider services
  • development of the Citizens in Policing national strategy and approach through a Police Transformation Fund collaboration between all 43 forces.

Business support: mix of police and non-police partners

We are committed to building collaboration in delivery of business support functions in line with the NPCC and Association of Police and Crime Commissioners’ (APCC) vision 2025. This will involve a mix of policing and non-policing partners to best preserve and support frontline services. Our current collaborations are:

  • South West Police Procurement Department (SWPPD), a four force collaboration with Devon & Cornwall, Dorset and Wiltshire
  • South West collaboration for the management of Home Office grants
  • a 25 force vehicle procurement consortium
  • a 19 force agreement for procurement of forensic analytical services
  • a co-located Control Room and Fleet workshops with Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue and South West Ambulance Service Trust
  • a co-located police reception and neighbourhood services with Tewkesbury Borough Council
  • payroll and internal audit services with Gloucestershire County Council

Local community safety and victim care: local statutory and community partners

We work with a range of valued local partners to deliver community safety across Gloucestershire. We continue to drive this through active partnerships, collaborations, engagement and commissioning of local services.

Our current collaborations and co-commissioned collaborative services are:

  • sexual assault referral centre (SARC) with NHS England and Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • youth support services with Gloucestershire County Council, Youth Justice Board , National Probation Service, Public Health and Clinical Commissioning Group
  • alcohol arrest referral and drug arrest referral with Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • perpetrator scheme – domestic abuse with Gloucestershire County Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group
  • rough sleepers with Gloucestershire County Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group and the six district councils
  • a co-located Crisis Team within the Force Control Room with Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and the Together Trust
  • integrated offender management with youth services and probation
  • ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Solace’ integrated teams to divert young people from gangs and address ASB with Young Gloucestershire, local authorities and third sector partners.

Objectives 2017-18

Our key objectives in 2017-18 are to:

  • determine potential opportunities and benefits of greater collaboration with Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service operationally and in respect of the Policing and Crime Act ‘duty to collaborate’
  • deliver our contribution to the national armed officer uplift in line with national timescales
  • ensure successful delivery of Police Transformation Funded projects on Digital Intelligence and Investigations, development of a collaborative service platform and the National Citizens in Policing strategy
  • scope opportunities and benefits of moving to a police collaborated managed service for HR and other transactional business support services
  • work to maintain standards of local provision for victims of sexual assault through the sexual assault referral centre (SARC).

South West Regional Crime Unit

Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) established in September 2010 to identify, disrupt and dismantle organised crime groups impacting on the South West of England. The unit brings additional specialist capability across the region through effective partnership and collaboration to make the area a place hostile to organised crime.

It is a collaboration of the five forces in the region – Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire working across county borders. It brings together the capability and funding to gather intelligence, crack serious and organised crime networks and seize the assets of the criminals involved.

Our vision is simple; to protect the communities within the South West from serious and organised crime. To achieve this, the unit consists of a number of specialists, some of which are covered in more detail below, along with embedded partners from the National Crime Agency, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the United Kingdom Border Force, the National Offender Management Service and the Crown Prosecution Service.

One of nine ROCUs that sit across England and Wales, ROCU provides the additional capacity and resilience for the region, to use all forms of covert policing tactics against cross border, highly motivated and organised criminals.