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Gloucestershire police strengthen thin green line

Gloucestershire Constabulary has enhanced its reputation as the greenest force in the country after retaining recognition for its commitment to the environment.

The only force in the UK to hold the ISO Certification for Environmental Management, Gloucestershire has been awarded the certification for another three years after the latest in a series of inspections.

And the recognition for a commitment to measuring energy consumption and reducing waster has been extended to cover the Sabrina Centre, the force's training facility at Berkeley which opened last year.

Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl, who is the environment and sustainability lead for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, has made protecting Gloucestershire as a Green and Pleasant County a priority of his local policing plan.

He said" "ISO certification is a demanding process where an organisation has to demonstrate how it deals with the whole range of environmental management issues.

"For the Constabulary, it includes how it handles its waste, how it manages its fleet to reduce carbon output and how it manages other related policies.

"We are lucky to live in a beautiful county. Making sure we maintain this standard means that we are all looking after it and playing our part in saving the future of our planet. It is an achievement of which everyone involved in the process can be very proud".

More than 21 per cent of the force's fleet is electric with a target of 40 per cent over the next four years.

The combination of vans and non-response cars means the fleet is, in percentage terms, more electric than any other force in the UK.

Head of Transport Services Steve Imm is ranked 86 in Green Fleet's top 100 people in the UK who are influencing carbon reduction, better air quality and have helped shape the zero and low-carbon fleet and transport sectors over the year.

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