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Armed Forces, Emergency and Security Services

What's happening locally



  • At least 15 police stations are closing in an attempt to save money

  • The total number of employers of Gloucestershire Constabulary (police officers and police staff) was around 2200 in 2011. However, according to the Gloucestershire Police Federation in September 2011, the force could lose the equivalent of around 200 police officers over the next two years.

  • Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is aiming to save £1.3m over the next three years - job cuts are not expected but any vacant posts (e.g. from retirement or people leaving) will not be filled

  • Experience of volunteering is either necessary or at least very helpful for some roles in this sector. Police: the end of 2011, Gloucestershire Constabulary were actively recruiting special constable volunteers Police Officers (there are currently around 200). Ambulance staff: St John Ambulance has about 600 volunteers - not just first aiders (also youth leaders, support roles, etc

  • There are a number of prisons in Gloucestershire including HMP Gloucester and HMP Eastwood Park, and the young offenders institution, Ashfield, which is managed by major private company Serco

  • G4S is another major security-related company with bases in Gloucestershire. It recently acquired a local firm specialising in surveillance, fraud analytics and investigations services. G4S's bases in Gloucestershire include a large unit in Tewkesbury (headquarters of G4S Technology)

  • Fire, police and ambulance personnel in Gloucestershire share a work base - the TriService centre in Quedgeley was the first of its kind in the country.