06 Apr A green and pleasant county – for now and in the future
All of the priorities in my Police and Crime Plan are aimed not only at making Gloucestershire a good place to live, work and visit but also about ensuring a society that is fair, just and compassionate. The Constabulary employs almost 1800 people, owns many buildings and operates more than 400 vehicles. While I am Police and Crime Commissioner, it will operate in as responsible and sustainable a way as possible.
Already Gloucestershire is the only force in the UK to hold ISO 14001 accreditation which gives advice on how to measure consumption and reduce waste. It will not only maintain that accreditation but will go further by seeking new opportunities to reduce waste & pollution.
By the end of 2016, I will expect the Constabulary to have conducted a root and branch audit of its environmental footprint. The Constabulary is planning how best to continue to harness technology and achieve digital transformation and I will also ask the Chief Constable to present to me a plan to operate in a paperless environment.
Re-cycling will become the norm, not the exception, with opportunities to contribute located in all police buildings. An energy audit of all police buildings will be undertaken.
Electrification of the police fleet will continue where operationally viable and emissions will be an increasing element in the decision making process alongside cost and performance when vehicles are purchased.
The police fleet must be high quality, cost effective and efficient. The current fleet serves the county well but it appears we as consumers, have been misled about the environmental credentials of some of these cars. In future I will not allow the Constabulary to purchase or lease any vehicle where the manufacturer has been shown to deceive the public over emissions unless remedial measures have been taken.
I do not propose anything I cannot achieve, unlike my opponents who make promises they are powerless to keep because they relate to decisions that rest solely with the Chief Constable.