Gloucestershire Constabulary

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Gloucestershire Constabulary
Logo of the Gloucestershire Constabulary.
Agency overview
Formed 1839
Employees 2,271[1]
Volunteers 143[1]
Annual budget £95.7 million[1]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Police area of Gloucestershire in the country of England, UK
England Police Forces (Gloucestershire).svg
Map of police area
Size 1,025 square miles (2,650 km2)
Population 564,000
Legal jurisdiction England & Wales
Constituting instrument Police Act 1996
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Quedgeley
Constables 1,198 (of which 176 are Special Constables)


Police Community Support Officers 162[1]
Police and Crime Commissioner responsible Martin Surl
Agency executive Suzette Davenport, Chief Constable
Local Policing Areas Forest


* Police area agency: Prescribed geographic area in the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

Gloucestershire Constabulary is the territorial police force responsible for policing the non-metropolitan county of Gloucestershire in England, (South Gloucestershire is covered by Avon and Somerset Constabulary).

As of 1 April 2011, under the new structure, policing in the county is delivered through 6 Local Policing Areas: Cheltenham, Gloucester, Forest of Dean, Cotswolds, Stroud and Tewkesbury.
Within the 6 Local Policing Areas there are 9 Local Policing Teams covering 55 communities: 2 each in Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stroud and 1 in Tewkesbury, the Forest and the Cotswolds.


The force was founded in 1839, six hours after Wiltshire Constabulary, making it the second rural police force formed in Britain. The force in its present form dates from 1 April 1974, when the southern part of Gloucestershire became part of the County of Avon and thus of the newly formed Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

In 1965, the force had an establishment of 1,010 and an actual strength of 867.[3]

The force currently consists of 6 Local Policing Areas each of these LPA's is commanded by a Superintendent.

  • Cheltenham - Bridget Woodhall
  • Gloucester - Emma Ackland
  • Stroud - Jim McCarthy
  • Tewkesbury - Bridget Woodhall
  • Forest - Phil Haynes
  • Cotswolds- Jim McCarthy

Officers killed in the line of duty[edit]

The Police Roll of Honour Trust lists and commemorates all British police officers killed in the line of duty. The Police Memorial Trust since its establishment in 1984 has erected over 38 memorials to some of those officers.

Since 1817 the following officers of Gloucestershire Constabulary were killed while attempting to prevent or stop a crime in progress:[4]

  • Parish Constable Henry Thompson, 1817 (shot by men attempting to free a prisoner)
  • Police Sergeant Samuel Beard, 1861 (died from injuries sustained attempting to arrest poachers)
  • Police Sergeant William Morris, 1895 (fatally injured by men he warned about their conduct)


Race and Sex Discrimination in Recruitment[edit]

In November 2006 a tribunal ruled that the constabulary had illegally discriminated against 108 white male candidates it had rejected from its recruitment process solely because of their race and gender. Matt Powell, one of the "randomly deselected" candidates took legal action and was awarded £2,500 compensation. The Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) and the Equal Opportunities Commission who led the investigation stated that the Gloucestershire Police had unlawfully discriminated on the grounds of race and gender.[5][6]

Cheese rolling[edit]

In 2013 Gloucestershire police warned Diana Smart against supplying cheese for the annual cheese rolling event.[7] Smart described the warning as "It's crackers".

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