|Logo of the Gloucestershire Constabulary.|
|Annual budget||£95.7 million|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||Police area of Gloucestershire in the country of England, UK|
|Map of police area|
|Size||1,025 square miles (2,650 km2)|
|Legal jurisdiction||England & Wales|
|Constituting instrument||Police Act 1996|
|Constables||1,496 (of which 143 are Special Constables)|
|Police Community Support Officers||162|
|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.
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
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:
- 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
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.
In 2013 Gloucestershire police warned Diana Smart against supplying cheese for the annual cheese rolling event. Smart described the warning as "It's crackers".
Assaulting someone for taking a photograph
In a video recording made by a member of the public who was taking photographs in a public place, Sgt Tony Wallace of the Gloucestershire Constabulary was seen threatening to arrest the photographer, ordering him to delete the photographs taken, and asserting that it was illegal to take photographs, according to press reports on 7 January 2014. The incident was uploaded onto YouTube. In England there is no law against taking photographs in a public place, and no policeman may order a photographer to delete their photographs once they have been taken—to do so requires a court order.
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- Table of police forces in the United Kingdom
- The Thin Blue Line, Police Council for Great Britain Staff Side Claim for Undermanning Supplements, 1965
- "Force admits rejecting white men". BBC News. 22 September 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
- "Police force admits discriminating against white recruits". Daily Mail. 22 September 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2011.