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Police officer numbers at lowest level for 12 years

POLICE officer numbers across England and Wales have dropped by 1,674 in the past year. There were 127,909 police officers in the 43 police forces of England and Wales as at 31 March 2014 – down from 129,584 in 2013. In Devon and Cornwall Police there was actually a small reported increase in officers. There […]

Service pays tribute to “ultimate sacrifice” of hero officers

TEARS were shed as surviving family members and serving police officers gathered at the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday July 20 to remember officers who have fallen in the line of duty. The emotional annual Care of Police Survivors (COPS) Service of Remembrance in Staffordshire was attended by more than 500 people. Events took place […]

“Good” Devon and Cornwall praised by HMIC inspectors

DEVON and Cornwall Police is “on track to make all of the savings it needs over the period of the spending review”, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary has said. The force has had to save £53.3 million over the past four years – between March 2011 and March 2015 – and according to HMIC is on […]

Concern over dramatic rise in post traumatic stress disorder

THE number of officers suffering from post traumatic stress disorder has doubled at Devon and Cornwall Police, the force’s federation has revealed. There were 121 days were lost because of the illness in the period 2011/12, while 277 days were taken off the following year, new figures have shown. And days lost to anxiety have […]

Taser thanked for fall in Devon and Cornwall officer assaults

THE number of officers assaulted at Devon and Cornwall Police has slightly fallen in the past year, new figures have shown. As many as 121 officers were hit, kicked, spat at or otherwise attacked on duty in the 2013/14 financial year – compared with 147 the year before. This is despite the fact that officer […]

ACPO: “Cuts to policing not to blame for officer assault rise”

FALLING officer numbers and an increase in single-crewing cannot be blamed for the nationwide rise in officer assaults, ACPO’s lead on workforce development has said. There were 20,249 assaults on officers in the 12 months to April 2014 – nearly 580 more attacks than in the previous financial year. But falling numbers is not responsible, […]

Federation working so officers can take term time holidays

OFFICERS will be better placed to take their children out of school in the future for family holidays when the job prevents them from doing so during normal holiday time – thanks to work by Devon and Cornwall Police Federation. Representatives “are working with the Force to try and agree a protocol which can support […]

New response shift pattern to improve work/life balance

RESPONSE officers in Devon and Cornwall Police are enjoying a new shift rota which will see them benefiting from a more healthy pattern and taking longer off between shifts. The 2+2+2 duty scheme, which sees officers doing two early shifts, two late shifts, two night shifts and then taking four days off, is better for […]

Police officers near perfect in new annual fitness tests

OFFICERS at Devon and Cornwall Police have achieved a 99% pass rate in fitness testing, new figures have shown – beating the national average. The results of more than 30,000 police fitness tests taken nationwide have been published – of the 934 officers that took the test between September 2013 and March, 925 passed. On average, […]

Labour pledges to cut 43 forces in England and Wales

THE 43-force structure in England and Wales will be eradicated if Labour wins the next General Election, the Shadow Policing Minister has confirmed. Jack Dromey said the money saved by carving up the current system and reducing the number of forces would be ploughed back into neighbourhood policing. The Labour Government attempted to merge forces in 2005/6 […]