We understand that we are in unprecedented times while the world and indeed our county face the Coronavirus pandemic. We want to be able to provide you with all the help and support that you need during this time. This page includes information, support, guidance and answers to some of the questions that you may have.

This page includes:

Government information

  • What you can and cannot do (FAQs)
  • Courts and tribunal planning

Updates from our Chief Constable, Rod Hansen

  • Gloucestershire Constabulary’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) (19 March 2020)
  • An update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) (24 March 2020)

Policing powers

Policing in your neighbourhood

  • Your neighbourhood policing team
  • Our policing approach

Keeping our communities safe

Health advice

  • Protecting yourself and your community
  • NHS symptom checker

Keeping up to date

  • Keep up to date with information from the Government
  • Keep up to date with policing information in Gloucestershire

Government information

What you can and cannot do (FAQs)

They have a variety of answers to the most commonly asked questions, for example, when are you allowed to leave your house, can you walk your dog and can you see your friends.

All have been answered on the website so you know what you can and cannot do.

Courts and tribunal planning

The government are working hard to ensure that the criminal justice process is maintained. You can find out more about this and keep up to date about courts and tribunal planning.


Updates from our Chief Constable, Rod Hansen

Our Chief Constable is ensuring that the residents of Gloucestershire are kept fully up to date with how the constabulary is responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We will publish any updates on our website, social media and through our Your Community Alert messaging system so please ensure that you follow us or register to Your Community Alerts to keep up to date.

Previous updates:


Policing powers

The government have passed special legislations that mean we the police have specific powers that will enable us to ensure that people stay at home. The powers are:

  • Instruct people to go home, leave an area or disperse
  • Ensure parents are taking necessary steps to stop their children breaking these rules.
  • Issue a fixed penalty notice of £60, which will be lowered to £30 if paid within 14 days.
  • Issue a fixed penalty notice of £120 for second time offenders, doubling on each further repeat offence.
  • If an individual continues to refuse to comply, they will be acting unlawfully, and the police may arrest them where deemed proportionate and necessary.

Policing in your neighbourhood

Your neighbourhood policing team

We believe that policing begins and ends in a neighbourhood that is why we are maintaining a visible presence in your community. If you would like to know who your neighbourhood policing team are, want to keep you to date with what they are doing or would like to contact them you can do so by visiting the Your Area section of our website.

You can also keep up to date by following them on Twitter by clicking on your area below as well as registering for alerts via our community messaging system Your Community Alerts.

Our policing approach

Our policing approach is simple, we will police by consent. We will always look to ensure that people are compliant to law. We will do this by:

  • Engage, we will talk and engage with those that may be going against government advice.
  • Explain, we will explain why we feel that they may not be complying with the advice set out by the government.
  • Encourage, we will encourage our public to take on the advice that is being given and working through ways so that they are compliant.
  • Enforce, this is our last resort, if people are still not responding to the advice then we will look to use the powers that have been made available to enforce government legislation.

Keeping our communities safe

All of Gloucestershire’s statutory agencies, including us, are working closely together to ensure a coordinated response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Gloucestershire County Council are taking the lead, with support from us and others, in ensuring that our communities are safe.

Gloucestershire's community help hub has been created to help keep those that are vulnerable safe as well advice and information for those that wish to support in this time of need. If you are vulnerable or know someone who is then this is a vital resource that we recommend that you use.


Health advice

Protecting yourself and your community

Public Health England has created 5 simple things that you can do to help protect yourself and others.

NHS symptom checker

The NHS has a useful symptom checker that will allow you to see if you have Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Keeping up to date

Keep up to date with information from the Government

By email

The government have a service that will allow you to register to keep up to date through their email alert service. It is free of charge and you can choose how regularly you would like to be kept up to date. Get government email alerts.

By WhatsApp

The government have recently introduced a new service to help you keep up to date through WhatsApp. This is a free service and information. Register for WhatsApp alerts.

Keep up to date with policing information in Gloucestershire

Your Community Alerts

Gloucestershire Constabulary has its own community messaging system, Your Community Alerts. You can stay up to date with policing in your area as well as updates that we may want to share with you in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Sign up to Your Community Alerts.

Social media

You can keep up to date with policing within Gloucestershire as well as get updates on any Coronavirus (COVD-19) messages by following us on Twitter or on Facebook.