Devon and Cornwall Police
Her Majesty’s Inspector for this force is Dru Sharpling. Contact her via the Western regional office.
Read about the force area…
- Devon and Cornwall is the largest geographical police area in England, stretching 180 miles from the Dorset and Somerset borders in the east to the Isles of Scilly in the west.
- There are 550 miles of coastline and a road network of 13,000 miles. The force, like a number of others with large rural areas, faces the challenge of reaching rural communities.
- Devon and Cornwall includes the cities of Exeter and Plymouth and popular seaside resorts such as Torquay and Newquay. Large numbers of young holiday-makers place demands on the force during the busy summer nightlife in pubs and bars.
- The holiday season places significant demands on the force – in towns and on the roads. The population of around 1.6 million swells to 11 million as holiday-makers visit seaside resorts and the moorlands of Dartmoor and Exmoor.
- Cornwall has some significant pockets of deprivation and relies heavily on tourism.
Recent reports on this force
- Revisiting police relationships – progress report
- Preparing for police and crime commissioners
- Policing in austerity – One year on
- Anti-social behaviour inspection – 2012
Up-to-date crime, anti-social behaviour, cost and workforce data for this force can be found in our interactive Crime and Policing Comparator – see how Devon and Cornwall is performing, and how it compares with the rest of England and Wales.
The 2011 value for money profiles provide benchmarking information on:
- What Devon and Cornwall is spending its budgets on;
- Staffing levels by grade and function; and
- Outputs and outcomes in a comparable format.
These profiles are based on data provided by the police.