Martin Surl

Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner 2012 -21
Standing for re-election with the Liberal Democrats on the 2nd May 2024

Published and Promoted by Fergus Ustianowski on behalf of Martin Surl, at Liberal Democrat, 16 Hewlett Road, Cheltenham GL52 6AA

Gloucestershire Police ‘Requires Improvement’ in their response to burglary.


That’s the verdict of Gloucestershire’s former Police & Crime Commissioner’ and candidate in the forthcomming election on May 2nd.

Gloucestershire’s former Police and Crime Commissioner says Gloucestershire’s police need to up their game when it comes to attending and investigating burglary.

Two weeks after a burglary in the centre of Cheltenham no police had attended

His intervention comes after Mr Surl visited several premises across the county and found weeks after the burglary had been reported no police officers or PCSO’s had attended.

The average response time for burglary in Gloucestershire is over 14 hours by which time all the forensic opportunities will be lost and confidence in our police harmed.

Speaking to the owner of a cafe in the heart of Cheltenham he heard from the owner who told him she felt let down and abandoned by the police.

This wasn’t a case of not enough resources

Mr Surl said, ‘I used to walk that beat when I was a young constable (Beat 1)  and the thought that no officer would attend such a crime is shocking, I know they are busy but surely an officer or PCSO must have been passing at some point over the last two weeks.

Mr Surl has made ‘Every crime matters & Every victim matters’ his overarching priority. If elected on 2nd May he says he’ll make a start with burglary straight away.

I remain a big supporter of our police and if elected I’ll work with the chief constable to improve their morale, give them the skills and training they need to improve investigations and to increase public confidence.


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