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Devon and Cornwall Police praised for keeping people safe

Devon and Cornwall Police praised for keeping people safe

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:41am 7th February 2020.

Devon and Cornwall Police has been praised for how it keeps people safe and tackles antisocial behaviour.

A new report has rated the force as 'good' overall, saying improvements have also been made in how it protects vulnerable victims.

But work still needs to be done on how it investigates crime.

What did the report find?

The report from 2017/18 had three areas of improvement for Devon and Cornwall Police: investigating crime, protecting those who are vulnerable and how well does the force ensure that its workforce behaves ethically and lawfully. 

Devon and Cornwall Police was ranked good on eight of the nine areas inspected in the new 2018/19 report. 

Inspectors found that Devon and Cornwall Police is 'good' at effectively reducing crime and keeping people safe, operating efficiently and providing sustainable services to the public, and at how it treats the public and its workforce.

Investigating crime was the only area that was in the required improvement category.

What did the inspector say?

"I am very pleased with the performance of Devon and Cornwall Police in keeping people safe and reducing crime, and, in particular, with the improvement in its effectiveness.

"The force prevents crime and tackles anti-social behaviour well. Since the last inspection, it has improved how it responds to and protects vulnerable people, working closely with partners to ensure it safeguards victims. But it needs to improve the way it investigates crime through better management of suspects and more effective supervision.

"The force's accuracy in terms of recording crime is assessed as good, and it has made improvements in how it does this since the last inspection.

"Devon and Cornwall Police has a good understanding of current demands for its services. It is using this information to develop sustainable financial and workforce plans for the future - which include a programme to collaborate with neighbouring forces to provide a range of services for support functions.

"The force continues to uphold an ethical culture and promote the standards of professional behaviour it expects. However, I am concerned that the collection and monitoring of data to effectively manage performance in its custody facilities is insufficient.

"Overall, I commend Devon and Cornwall Police for the progress it has made over the past year, which provides a strong foundation for continuing improvement in the year ahead."

HM Inspector of Constabulary, Wendy Williams

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The report highlighted that Devon and Cornwall Police continue to uphold an ethical culture and is using information on demand to develop sustainable, financial and workforce plans for the future.

What does Devon and Cornwall Police say?

"We are very pleased with this report, it highlights the good work that we have been doing and it shows that Devon & Cornwall is one of the best police forces in the country.

"We must continue to deliver improvements across all areas. We do not want to stand still, but strive to become even better.

"We are very proud of our history of delivering local policing in our neighbourhoods and we want to continue that while providing the best possible service to our victims and communities."

Deputy Chief Constable, Paul Netherton

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