- Devon and Cornwall Constabulary
Infobox UK Police
name= Devon and Cornwall Constabulary
population= 1.5 million
title= Chief Constable
Devon and Cornwall Constabulary is the
Home Office policeforce responsible for policing the counties of Devonand Cornwallin Englandand the unitary authoritiesof Plymouth, Torbayand the Isles of Scilly.
This is the largest police force area in England by geographical area covered, and the fifth largest in the
United Kingdom. The total population of the force area is approximately 1.5 million. The force also has to cope with an influx of around 11 million visitors to the force area during the average year.
The force has an establishment of 3,500 police officers, 600
special constables and approx 2,200 police staff. The force will also have approx. 356 Police Community Support Officers ( PCSO) by 31 March 2008.
Stephen Otter took over as Chief Constable of the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary on Monday
15 January 2007.
The force was formed on
1 April 1967by the amalgamation of the Devon and Exeter Police, Cornwall County Constabularyand Plymouth City Police.
As with most British police forces, the Constabulary is headed by a
Chief Constable, assisted by a Deputy Chief Constable, Assistant Chief Constable (Operations), Assistant Chief Constable (Operations Support) and Assistant Chief Constable (Territorial Policing & Partnerships), as well as a civilian Director of Finance. Force Headquarters are at Middlemoor, near Exeter.
The Devon and Cornwall
Police Authorityis made up of nineteen members - 10 councillors, 3 justices of the peace, and 6 independent members. The councillors are nominated by a committee consisting of members from the Devon, Cornwall, Plymouth, Torbay and Isles of Scilly councils.
The force is divided into three BCUs (
Basic Command Units), each commanded by a Chief Superintendent. Each BCU is divided into large Geographic Areas, which are further sub-divided into Sectors, each with one or more police stations. This organisation is slightly different in Plymouth, which is divided directly into Sectors operating out of Plymouth's four police stations, and North and East Devon's Exeter Geographic Area, both of whose Sectors operate out of a single police station. Each Geographic Area is headed by a Chief Inspectorand each Sector by an Inspector.
* Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly BCU (Commander: C/Supt. Rob Cooper)
** East Cornwall Geographic Area
Torpoint, Saltash& Callington Sector
** Mid-Cornwall Geographic Area
TruroSector (also Perranporthand Tregony)
NewquaySector (also St Columb Major)
St AustellSector (also St Blazey)
** West Cornwall Geographic Area
CamborneSector (also Redruth)
Hayle& Isles of ScillySector
* Plymouth BCU (
Plymouth) (Commander: C/Supt. Jim Webster)
**Plymouth Central Sector (
Charles CrossPolice Station)
**Plymouth Devonport Sector (Marlborough Street Police Office)
**Plymouth East Sector (
**Plymouth North Sector (
**Plymouth South Sector (Charles Cross Police Station)
**Plymouth West Sector (Beacon Park Police Office)
* Devon BCU (Commander: C/Supt. Joanna Tennant)
South Hamsand West DevonGeographic Area
Kingsbridge& Dartmouth Sector
TotnesSector (also South Brent)
Chudleigh& Ashburton Sector (also Bovey Traceyand Moretonhampstead)
***(Exeter "Heavitree Road" Police Station)
** Mid and
East DevonGeographic Area
***Rural East Devon Sector (
Axminster, Seaton, Sidmouth, Honitonand Ottery St Mary)
***Mid-Devon Sector (
Cullompton, Creditonand Tiverton)
** Northern Devon Geographic Area
TorridgeSector ( Bideford, Holsworthyand Torrington)
***North Devon Sector (
Ilfracombe, Braunton, South Moltonand Lynton)
Force Crime Department
The Force Crime Department contains the central units of the force's
Criminal Investigation Department(CID), which also has detectives attached to the larger police stations. It is headed by the Force Crime Manager, a Detective Chief Superintendent.
*The Major Crime Branch deals with serious crimes such as
murder, kidnap, fraudand paedophilia and with crimes that cross boundaries between CID areas and require co-ordination. It contains three Detective Superintendents, all of whom are Senior Investigating Officers (SIOs).
**The Major Incident Support Team (MIST) provides training and support for major incidents and operations both for the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and the
States of Jersey Police.
**The four Major Crime Investigation Teams (MCITs) based at Newquay, Plymouth, South West Devon and Exeter investigate murders and other suspicious deaths and provide specialist investigative support to CID officers throughout the force.
**The Economic Crime Section is divided into five separate units:
***The Financial Investigation Unit mainly deals with the investigation of all confiscation cases under the
Drugs Trafficking Act 1994, Criminal Justice Act 1988and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. They deal with seizures of over £10,000 and investigate drug trafficking and money laundering offences.
***The Fraud Squad deals with major fraud cases and allegations of corruption by public officials and bodies.
***The Hi-Tech Crime Unit is responsible for the forensic examination of
computerequipment to gather evidence for prosecution in a variety of cases.
***The Paedophile Unit investigates allegations of child
***The Cheque and Credit Card Fraud Squad investigates the theft and misuse of
cheques, credit cards and debit cards.
*The Covert Operations Unit handles
surveillanceand major undercoveroperations. It is headed by a Detective Superintendent assisted by two Detective Chief Inspectors.
**The Technical Support Unit provides expertise on video, audio,
alarms, tracking and positioning systems.
**The Covert Operations Support Unit co-ordinates force-wide covert operations and training and also handles
**The Force Surveillance Unit (FSU) has sections based in Plymouth and Exeter and provides the force's main covert surveillance capability throughout its area.
*The Intelligence Unit collects, collates and distributes intelligence and information of use to the force.
**The Force Intelligence Centre is the main intelligence organ and is staffed by specialists in a variety of criminal areas.
**The Force National Computer Bureau (FNCB) runs the force's contribution and access to the British
Police National Computer(PNC) system.
Special Branchis in charge of counterterrorismand other national security matters.
**The Crime Standards Unit reviews crime reports to ensure that the fullest possible response has been made, analyses crime reports, and processes and researches intelligence.
*The Performance and Co-ordination Unit is responsible for maintaining investigative standards throughout the force.
**The Dedicated Source Unit deals with information sources in line with national regulations and standards.
**The Victim Centred Crime Unit formulates and ensures
best practicewith regard to issues such as child protection, domestic violence, harassment, missing persons, viceand victim support.
**The Control Strategy Crime Reduction Unit formulates and ensures
best practicewith regard to crime control and reduction.
**The Covert Standards and Authorities Unit ensures force compliance with legislation allowing police forces to contravene the
Human Rights Act.
**The Policy and Performance Unit formulates policy for the whole Force Crime Department.
*The Scientific and Technical Services Unit analyses
forensicevidence gathered by scenes of crime officers based at police stations and provides other technical services to the force. The unit has its own forensic pathologist, the only police-employed pathologist in Britain.
**The Central Submissions Unit handles the reception and supervision of all
DNAsamples and enters the details on the UK National DNA Database.
**The Chemical and Optical Unit enhances and records
fingerprints and palmprints on items recovered from crime scenes.
**The Fingerprint Bureau analyses fingerprints and palmprints, feeds them into national databases and collates the results.
**The Photographic Unit provides all the force's photographic needs.
The Operations Department provides uniformed operational support to the force.
*The Contingency Planning Unit formulates long-term plans to deal with major incidents, including security for VIP visits, counterterrorist operations and reaction to terrorist attacks.
*The Firearms Unit is responsible for all firearms training and planning (like most British police forces, the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary is generally unarmed).
*The Operations Unit is responsible for traffic policing and tactical support.
**The seven Roads Policing Sections based around the force area provide the force's main traffic policing capability. They also operate the force's four
Armed Response Vehicles (ARVs), which each carry two armed officers and patrol 24 hours a day.
**The Tactical Aid Group (TAG) is predominantly responsible for public order, marine operations, searches and dealing with potentially violent offenders. It is divided into five sections, including two trained in firearms and one in marine operations.
***D Section, based in Plymouth, is responsible for underwater search and marine operations. It consists of one inspector, one sergeant and seven constables, all trained divers, and operates a
rigid-hulled inflatable boatcapable of 45 knots.
*The Air Operations Unit is based at Force Headquarters and operates a single
MBB/Kawasaki BK 117 helicopter.
*The Force Planning and Consultation Unit formulates policy and plans and monitors public opinion on policing matters.
*The Professional Standards Unit is the Internal affairs branch and deals with force discipline and complaints against officers.
*The Devon and Cornwall Constabulary has one of the largest dog sections in the country, with dogs and handlers based at a number of stations.
Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are currently based at Honiton, Truro, Camborne, Penzance, Redruth, Pool, Exeter, Exmouth, St. Austell, Newquay, and on the Isles of Scilly. This number is rapidly increasing over the next two years to a projected total of 535 covering all force stations.
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* [http://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/ Devon & Cornwall Constabulary]
* [http://www.dcpa.police.uk/home.htm Devon & Cornwall Police Authority]
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