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Devon and Cornwall Police

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.

Read more about this area

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Wendy Williams is HMI for Devon and Cornwall
  • HMICFRS policing region: The force is in the Wales and Western region

Contact Wendy Williams (e-mail address)

HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this force

HMICFRS independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence. We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

Key facts

Force Area

3965 square miles


1.75m people 5% local 10 yr change


88% frontline
2.66 per 1000 population
22% change in local workforce since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.03 per person
Local 5 year trend


44p per person per day local

Devon and Cornwall PCC


Alison Hernandez

Devon and Cornwall Police


Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, appointed in February 2013

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