New Police and Crime Plan for Devon and Cornwall unveiled
Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has unveiled her new strategy for policing and crime reduction in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Key community priorities of breaking the cycle of violence, reducing drugs harm, tackling antisocial behaviour and improving road safety are identified in the Police and Crime Plan for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly 2021-25.
“This strategy will see us continue to work with partners and offer long-term support to initiatives to tackle the underlying causes of that violence,” said Commissioner Hernandez.
“The plan also reflects the concerns of our community, who have told me that their lives are too often blighted by antisocial behaviour and the harm caused by drug dealing in their neighbourhoods. Of 22 crime types identified in my last budget survey these emerged as the two that people most said needed addressing.
“I have been working with the Chief Constable to ensure that he has additional resources through the national and local uplifts. In March 2016, just before I became Commissioner, there were 2,959 officers in Devon and Cornwall Police, at March 31 of this year that figure stood at 3,257, and more increases are in the pipeline.
The strategy will focus on:
Breaking the cycle of violent crime;
Tackling antisocial behaviour;
Improving road safety;
Promoting high visibility policing.
Innovative scheme helps get police officers back to the frontline
An innovative scheme that uses private security staff to support police detainees or people suffering mental health episodes has saved the equivalent of 10 weeks of police officer time in just three months.
Following a successful pilot at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital in 2020 ‘Bed Watch’ is being trialled this summer at Devon and Cornwall’s five major general hospitals as police search for ways to reduce the time spent by officers at hospital with those who have been arrested or are in mental health crisis and awaiting assessment by a specialist.
Bed Watch is one of the projects being funded by Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez as part of a £400,000 investment which supports officers who find innovative ways of reducing the impact on front line policing.
Commissioner launches national Project EDWARD road safety road trip
After a spate of crashes across the south west resulting in numerous deaths and serious injuries over the past few weeks a convoy of emergency service vehicles travelled along the A38 in Devon on Monday, September 13, to demonstrate the resources required to attend a serious road traffic collision.
Devon and Cornwall Police vehicles, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service engines, ambulances, National Highways vehicles and emergency service motorbikes travelled together along the A38 from Plymouth to the Devon Air Ambulance base at Exeter Airport.
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Reporting crime to Devon and Cornwall Police
Do you need help and advice? Not sure where to look or who to speak to? Why not AskNED – Devon and Cornwall Police’s non-emergency directory. AskNED combines the most commonly asked questions with contact details of those who can help.
If you do need to contact Devon and Cornwall Police about a non-emergency, you can contact them via:
Online crime reporting form
In an emergency situation, always dial 999.
You can also report crime anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website: crimestoppers-uk.org
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