Day-to-day policing of the county is delivered through six areas: Cheltenham, Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Stroud, Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean.

Neighbourhood policing is very much at the heart of the Constabulary and within the six areas we have teams covering 55 communities.

Gloucestershire Constabulary works with communities to identify their needs and deliver a consistent neighbourhood policing service across the county. This is being delivered in response to public opinion and in line with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s plan to make neighbourhood policing a priority.

The Force has pledged to make local policing accessible by providing a dedicated, named PCSO in every neighbourhood so everyone knows who their local bobby is and how to contact them.

PCSOs know their neighbourhood and the people living in it. They are the first point of contact for local concerns and they work as part of a bigger team protecting the local and wider communities.

As well as dedicated PCSOs each neighbourhood team includes police constables and sergeants who work on a wide range of issues such as dangerous drugs networks, tracking down paedophiles and tackling the organised crime gangs that target our communities. In turn, they are supported by other specialist teams such as those looking after vulnerable children, those investigating major crimes and firearms officers.

Many forces have made cuts in neighbourhood policing, including PCSOs, but thanks to prudent spending decisions, Gloucestershire Constabulary has chosen to invest instead. Gloucestershire Constabulary aims to deliver a professional service that we and the public can be proud of.

We need members of the public to tell us what their local concerns are by contacting their dedicated officers in the first instance.