GLOUCESTER MP Richard Graham will start his service with the Parliamentary Police Scheme at the Gloucestershire Constabulary Waterwells HQ on Monday.
The scheme, which will involve Richard spending about 20 days alongside various units in the constabulary over the 2014-2015 year, is designed to provide MPs with a real understanding and first-hand experience of the work of our police service.
The aim is to ensure MPs are well informed to participate in local and national policing debates.
Mr Graham will spend his first day seeing units based in Waterwells in more detail than on his many usual visits on specific issues.
Later on he will be attached to various teams combating different aspects of crime including human trafficking and drugs, seeing at first hand training and recruitment, and going out with teams on community involvement and operations.
Mr Graham said: “Maintaining real progress against serious crime and anti-social behaviour in our city and county is a major goal. Through this scheme I’m much looking forward to understanding more how the important work of the police is done.
“Over the last four years I've learnt a huge amount from being part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme and in the last year of this parliament I wanted to understand more about how modern policing works and the challenges our Gloucestershire Constabulary face today.”
Police and crime commissioner Martin Surl said: “The more our MPs and Parliamentarians know about the reality of policing the better.
“I hope Mr Graham will find the experience useful and that it will lead to an even more productive and professional relationship between myself and our six MPs.”