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Devon and Cornwall Police

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Wendy Williams is HMI for Devon and Cornwall, which includes the Isles of Scilly.

This force is in the Wales and Western HMICFRS policing region.

Our PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessments give you information about how your local police force has performed in several important areas.

In our latest assessment of Devon and Cornwall Police, we made the following judgments:

the extent to which the force is effective at reducing crime and keeping people safe is good.

the extent to which the force operates efficiently and sustainably is good.

the extent to which the force treats the public and its workforce legitimately is good.

Read the full report for Devon and Cornwall Police

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

3,967 square miles

Population

1.77m people
up7% local 10 yr change

Workforce

93% frontline police officers
92% national level
2.79 per 1000 population
3.54 national level
down17% 10yr change in local workforce
down14% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.05 per person
0.07 national level
up23% Local 5 year trend
up42% National 5 year trend

Cost

48p per person per day local
56p per person per day national

These are the latest key facts about Devon and Cornwall Police.

About the force

Devon and Cornwall Police provides policing services to the counties of Devon and Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. The police force area covers 3,965 square miles with approximately 730 miles of coastline in the south west of England.

Although there are some areas of deprivation, Devon and Cornwall is generally affluent.

Around 1.7 million people live in a predominantly rural setting. The area has distinct, relatively small urban areas that include the cities of Exeter and Plymouth, as well as the towns of Torquay, Newquay and St Ives. The resident population is increased by university students and the very large numbers who visit, socialise in, or travel through the area each year.

The transport infrastructure also includes major rail stations, air and sea ports.

What the force says

Connect with Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall Police website

Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner’s website