So, what difference has our Police and Crime Commissioner made to policing in Devon?

“Devon and Cornwall Police needs to improve at keeping people safe and reducing crime, an official watchdog has ruled.

The force was given the rating of ‘requires improvement’ in its annual report from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS).

In particular, it received poor grades in two key areas – investigating crime and preventing reoffending and protecting vulnerable people.

The findings come with inspectors raising “major concerns” over the stress police forces across the country are under, with “cracks beginning to show” due to budget cuts.

For 2017, Devon and Cornwall Police received a ‘good’ grade for tackling serious and organised crime, and for preventing crime and tackling anti-social behaviour.

But it received a ‘requires improvement’ grade for both investigating crime and protecting vulnerable people.

That meant the force received an overall grade of ‘requires improvement’ this year.

The report showed that recorded crime in Devon and Cornwall was up 17 per cent for the 12 months to June 2017 compared with the 12 months to June 2016.

This is compared to a national rise of 14 per cent.

Although Devon and Cornwall Police was seen to have made progress in some areas since 2016, its performance in other areas has deteriorated.

Inspectors found that the force needs to provide better support to officers and staff investigating crimes with vulnerable victims.

It also needs to improve its understanding of the way it protects some victims of domestic abuse.

Similarly, the force requires improvement in some aspects of investigating crime and reducing re-offending, as while victims generally receive a good service, rising demand has undermined the quality of some subsequent investigations. …

In total, 12 of the 43 police forces are considered to require improvement overall – including Devon and Cornwall – although none were seen to be inadequate. …

Performance is still below standard in nearly half of all forces. …”

3 thoughts on “So, what difference has our Police and Crime Commissioner made to policing in Devon?

  1. I predict that she will say that it is all down to a change in reporting and stats calculations all the usual excuses. All the usual drivel.
    Truth is more likely that people have given up reporting much crime. When it is reported, the experience of investigating crime is not being passed on to many who only see the police service as a vehicile for anything and everything but that which it was started for, to protect life and property.
    Led by one incompetent who is in it only for her own political aims it is hardly surprising!


  2. The role of Police & Crime Commissioner clearly make a huge difference.

    When reductions in police funding are resulting in lower policing standards, having a PCC diverting several £m from the police budget to run her administration team can only contribute to the problem not solve it.

    So please let’s not kid ourselves that the PCC is not having an impact.


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