November 27, 2020

Gloucestershire OPCC Update 13 November 2020

Good afternoon,

Please see below the latest news and updates from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire.

Difficult conversations for older drivers following lockdown

The OPCC is working with Gloucestershire Constabulary and the Older Drivers Forum, on a campaign to support older drivers as they consider returning to the roads after lockdown.

As part of our commitment to Safe and Social Roads – a priority of PCC Martin Surl’s latest Police and Crime Plan, our office is encouraging older drivers and their families to sign up for free webcasts run by the Older Drivers Forum.

From Monday 16 November through to Monday 23 November 2020, the groups will host free online webinars offering support to families concerned about the driving abilities of older relatives, or for those drivers feeling like they are losing confidence behind the wheel.

https://olderdriversforum.com/gloucestershire-events/

Tuesday 17 November 2020 from 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 19 November 2020 from 6pm to 7pm

Saturday 21 November 2020 from 12pm to 1pm.

For more information about this campaign, visit https://www.gloucestershire-pcc.gov.uk/difficult-conversations-for-older-drivers-following-lockdown/

Domestic Abuse support during lockdown

If you are experiencing domestic and sexual abuse during lockdown, the rules allow you to leave your home for safety reasons. These services are all offering support to people in Gloucestershire.

GDASS | 01452 726 570 | gdass.org.uk

GRASAC | 01452 526770 | glosrasac.org

Stroud Women’s Refuge | 01453 764385

National Domestic Abuse Helpline | 0808 2000 247

Glos Counselling Service | gloscounselling.org.uk

Women’s Aid | womensaid.org.uk

Crimestoppers | 0800 555 111

Hope House | 0300 421 8400 | hopehousesarc.nhs.uk

Teens in Crisis | ticplus.org.uk

Glos Police | 101 or 999 | Press 55 if you can’t talk

GDPR vs ANPR

It’s official, the GDPR privacy law was not intended to protect law breakers

Road safety groups in Gloucestershire, many of them supported and funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) were concerned they might be stopped from using cameras that recognise number plates and using the information to track down dangerous drivers.

Now, following a challenge from a body in Stroud, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, a Home Office appointed watchdog, has declared the use of ANPR for tracking speeding motorists ethical and legitimate.

Find out more at https://www.gloucestershire-pcc.gov.uk/its-official-privacy-law-was-not-intended-to-protect-law-breakers/

Applications for PCSOs

Gloucestershire Consabulary is looking for up to 15 PCSOs to join the organisation around the county.

The Constabulary is looking for people who are passionate about making a difference and giving back to their community.

This is a challenging role but immensely rewarding as you’ll help change lives and keep people in #Gloucestershire safe from harm.

The PCSO recruitment window opens on Monday 23 November at 9am. To find out more
https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/police-forces/gloucestershire-constabulary/areas/gloucestershire/ca/careers/pcsos/

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