Devon and Cornwall PEEL 2015
How well has the force performed in our other inspections?
In addition to the three core PEEL pillars, HMICFRS carries out inspections of a wide range of policing activity throughout the year. Some of these are conducted alongside the PEEL inspections (for instance, our 2016 leadership assessment); others are joint inspections.
Findings from these inspections are published separately to the main PEEL reports, but are taken into account when producing the rounded assessment of each force's performance.
This section sets out the reports published by HMIC this year that help to better understand the performance of Devon and Cornwall Police.
Honour-based violence (HBV)
Devon and Cornwall Police is not yet prepared across all areas to protect people from harm from HBV.
The force has not yet prepared its leadership and governance structures in order to support its ability to identify and respond to cases of HBV.
The force is not yet prepared, in respect of its awareness and understanding of HBV, and as yet does not ensure that its officers and staff recognise, understand and identify victims from the first point of contact.
The force is prepared in respect of the levels of protection to be offered to victims of HBV.
The force is not yet prepared in respect of enforcement against perpetrators of HBV. The force is not yet prepared to prevent offences occurring.
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The depths of dishonour: Hidden voices and shameful crimes – a national overview of forces’ preparedness to deal with honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
Published: 8 December 2015
Devon and Cornwall Police is committed to improving child protection, however has progress to make in important areas, such as child sexual exploitation.
Devon and Cornwall Police demonstrated a strong commitment to improving services for the protection of vulnerable people. However, while we found a number of examples of good work to protect children, this commitment has not yet resulted in consistently improved outcomes for children.
We found some good examples of the force protecting children who were most in need of help with positive multi-agency work and a child-centred approach. We were pleased to find that the force had invested time and resource to create multi-agency places of safety, for both children and adults, where proper support and accommodation can be offered to those suffering with mental health problems.
However, there were also areas that require improvement. We were concerned to find that in a significant number of cases we looked at, poor supervision and record-keeping had undermined decision-making and safeguarding measures. Some serious cases were investigated by non-specialist officers, resulting in delays, and potential risks posed by alleged offenders not being considered.
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Published: 22 September 2015