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Author: Martin Surl

... investing now for the future. In my 2016 manifesto I talked about investing in the future of the force, its people and its infrastructure that became part of my Police & Crime plan, see page 5   . Today we launched a consultation on plans for the forces new operations centre based a Bamfurlong.

Giving the public a voice on local policing issues was one, if not the most important reason that Police & Crime Commissioners were created in 2012, and it’s something I take exceedingly seriously. How that voice is heard and how it’s communicated to the chief constable and his officers is an important question, perhaps best illustrated by a spate of recent crimes involving animals.

Road safety for me remains one of my key priorities as Gloucestershire's Police & Crime Commissioner. But a report out this week by  HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has said that roads policing in England and Wales has become less important.  HM Inspector of Constabulary Matt Parr said: 
“Our inspection suggests that roads policing, despite the number of road deaths plateauing and likely to increase, is seen as less of a priority than it should be.

The report was critical of some of my PCC colleagues who don't include road safety in their police and crime plans or make little reference, that is despite the high number of people still killed on the country’s roads each year.

To meet this newspaper’s print deadlines * , I am required to submit copy for this column by the Tuesday before publication at the latest. I leave the subject as late as possible to make it topical and stick to local issues to make it relevant.

I was about to submit this week’s offering when the latest pictures of the riots in America following the death of George Floyd appeared on TV. It was easy to see why it was the first story, other than the daily update on coronavirus, to lead our national news bulletins. 

The events surrounding the shocking death of George Floyd have really troubled me. Policing in the UK is very different to that of the USA. We police by consent.

From the day she was conceived Gloucestershire let her down.  Before she was even born, in 2009, she was made the subject of a ‘Child Protection Plan’ because there were serious concerns based on the neglect already shown to her half-sister Charlotte.  By the time she was...