Avon and Somerset Police as we know it today formed in 1974 from the merger of the former Somerset and Bath Constabulary with the Bristol police force and the Staple Hill division of Gloucestershire Constabulary.
Avon and Somerset Police has a growing and diversifying population, and serves 1,855 square miles – a mix of urban and rural landscapes including moorland, farmland, coastline, holiday resorts, market towns and cities including Bristol, one of England’s eight core cities.
Glastonbury Festival, Europe’s largest music festival and Badminton Horse Trials are two of the Constabulary’s most notable policing events.
A diverse, multi-cultural population swelled by a large student population and tourists, brings challenges in policing, with pockets of substantial wealth contrasting deprived localities and communities.
Ensuring equality of access to policing for all and achieving a diverse and representative workforce are priorities for the Avon and Somerset Police.