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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.

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  • 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

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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 – 2018/19

Force Area

3,965 square miles

Population

1.76m people
up7% local 10 yr change

Workforce

93% frontline police officers
92% national level
2.84 per 1000 population
3.42 national level
down17% 10yr change in local workforce
down17% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.05 per person
0.08 national level
up26% Local 5 year trend
up45% National 5 year trend

Cost

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

Devon and Cornwall PCC

Alison Hernandez

Devon and Cornwall Police

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, appointed in February 2013

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