Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Police and Crime Panel - Monday 3 February 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 89 KB


The minutes of the meeting held on 12 November 2019 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.


Declarations of Interest

Please see note (a) at the end of the agenda.


No declarations of interest were made.




Additional documents:


3.1    The Chair welcomed students from the University of Gloucestershire studying professional policing.


3.2    Before introducing his budget, PCC Martin Surl paid tribute to the officers of the Metropolitan Police for how they had responded to terrorist attack that had taken place the previous day in London.


3.3    Consideration was given to the report providing details of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s precept proposals for 2020-21.  PCC Surl explained that £32 million in savings had been made since 2010 to allow a balanced budget to be achieved.  He was pleased that since 2018-19 there had been more flexibility to increase the precept and that in 2020-21 there had been a significant uplift in funding.


3.4    He regretted that neighbourhood policing had diminished dramatically across the country due to reductions in funding.  He believed that neighbourhood policing was the golden thread for all policing and was the foundation for all policing objectives in Gloucestershire. There was a long held belief that resources in Gloucestershire were not enough to do what the public realistically expected of the police.  This was a serious cause of stress and anxiety amongst officers because they could not deliver the service that they would like to. 


3.5    It was an improving picture with new funding and he hoped that this would continue.  Since 2018-19, the organisation had grown by 74 police officers and 37 associated staff.  This had not just been desirable but was essential to provide an adequate police service in Gloucestershire.


3.6    There was an increasing burden on local taxpayers with a reduction in Government funding and local taxation increasing from 36% to 49% of overall funding during the last 10 years.  This was likely to be the pattern moving forward and it was more important than ever that local people had a voice in determining police priorities. As a result of the General Election the financial settlement had only just been released so there had been no time to undertake consultation on the budget in the conventional way.  However, during the year he along with his Deputy PCC, Chris Brierley, had attended events across the county and had a gained a good understanding of what local people wanted.


3.7    New areas of focus had been introduced based on what local people said was important to them. The six priorities in the Police and Crime Plan remained in place but there would be more focus on responding to burglary and adopting an overriding principle that every crime matters. There would also be a focus on serious acquisitive crime and rural crime and the Constabulary would embrace the child friendly approach being adopted by the public sector in Gloucestershire.  None of these areas could be addressed properly without improving the way that the public communicated with the Police.


3.8    PCC Surl paid credit to Chief Finance Officer Peter Skelton and successive Chief Constables on the strong financial position of the Constabulary.  This was in stark contrast to a number of other forces who faced serious financial  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


National Association of Police, Fire and Crime Panels pdf icon PDF 55 KB

The Panel to consider whether it wishes to join the National Association of Police, Fire and Crime Panels.


4.1    Consideration was given to a report relating to membership of the National Association of Police, Fire and Crime Panels.


4.2    There was general support for joining the National Association as it provided a voice for police and crime panels and allowed information to be shared on the different ways that panels hold commissioners to account.  It was noted that there was no longer a fee for joining. 

          Action – Andrea Clarke


          RESOLVED to join the National Association for Police, Fire and Crime Panels.



Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner - Chief Executive Report pdf icon PDF 467 KB


5.1    Consideration was given to the OPCC Chief Executive’s report. 


5.2    PCC Surl made a Powerpoint presentation providing information on the facilities available at the Sabrina Centre at Berkeley. The centre had good access to the M5 and was located next to the University of Gloucestershire and close to the Bloodhound Land Speed Record facility and Stroud School. Generous car parking was available with 250 spaces on site. Users of the centre would have access to the restaurant and catering facilities at the University of Gloucestershire restaurant. 


5.3    He stated that it had been purchased at a good price, £600,000, and he believed that overall development costs of £6.7 million were reasonable for a modern facility.  The building would be eco-friendly with solar panels. It provided more capacity than currently needed and would include commercial facilities that could be used by other organisations. There might be an opportunity for other police organisations to use the centre including the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit, the College of Policing and other forces. 


5.4    PCC Surl offered to host a future meeting of the panel at the Sabrina Centre.

Action – Andrea Clarke


5.5    The Vice-chair noted that the highest number of complaints received by the OPCC related to road safety which was in line with the concerns raised with local councillors.  Richard Bradley advised that funds raised through speed enforcement cameras on the M5 had been used to install speed activation signs in villages.  Speed enforcement activity had increased with areas of ‘community concern’ identified for action when local communities had particular problems.  


5.6    Answering a question relating to press reports, Deputy PCC Chris Brierley explained that inaccurate reports were challenged but often the damage was already done and it was difficult put the situation right.


5.7    Answering a further question, Richard Bradley advised that the inspection report on the Youth Offending Service would be covered in his highlight report for the next meeting. 

Action – Richard Bradley


5.8    The Chair noted that the report was intended for information and he encouraged members to send in questions by email to Richard Bradley ahead of the meeting.  He believed that there might be some value in holding a workshop to provide an opportunity to discuss how the Police and Crime Panel could be more effective, particularly in terms of encouraging public engagement with the police. 

          Action – Andrea Clarke



The meeting ended at 11.55am