Blog Archives

Force praised in HMIC’s state of policing report

DEVON and Cornwall Police has been found to be “good” at reducing crime, tackling anti-social behaviour and preventing and investigating offending. The evaluation was made by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary as part of the first of a new style of annual report. Every force has been examined by HMIC in terms of its Police Effectiveness, […]

Officers look set for no more than 1% pay rise in 2015

THE remit for the new police pay review body has been published by Home Secretary Theresa May, with officers set for no more than a 1% pay rise in 2015. The Home Office has published the remit it has given the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB). The remit gives the PRRB guidance around what it should […]

“Are we already pre-empting findings on police pay?

DEVON and Cornwall Police Federation has urged the Police Remuneration Review Body to remain independent –  after it emerged that officers are unlikely to get more than a 1 per cent pay rise next year. The Home Office has written to the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) giving it  guidance around what it should consider this first year and […]

Chairman reminds officers to remain vigilant on safety

POLICE officers may have to start working in a “new way” after learning they are under domestic threat from terrorists, Devon and Cornwall Police Federation chairman has warned. Officers from mainland Britain will have to emulate the practices of their Police Service of Northern Ireland colleagues, Nigel Rabbitts (pictured) said. This could mean being security conscious […]

PFEW: “Life must mean life for police officer killers”

THE Police Federation of England and Wales has written to the Home Secretary calling for “assurance” that the “life means life” law change for police officer killers will come “urgently”. There remains widespread anger among police officers and the public after it emerged police killer Harry Roberts has been released from prison. The letter from Federation […]

“Look after each other as much as we look after others”

POLICE officers “should look after each other, as much as we look after others”, the Secretary of Devon and Cornwall Police Federation has said. In the second of his regular articles on the state of policing, Dave James (pictured) raises concerns about officers suffering from high levels of stress, mental illness and “compassion fatigue”. Click […]

Will front desk closures lead to more work for officers?

TWELVE front desks have now closed at Devon and Cornwall Police as the force struggles to make savings. Eleven police enquiry offices closed across the region on October 31 in a move that the force said will save around £760,000 a year. Front desks closed at Bude, Falmouth, Launceston, Liskeard, Newquay, Penzance in Cornwall and […]

“Police officers at risk with mental health responsibilities”

POLICE officers across Devon and Cornwall need more help in dealing with people with mental health illnesses, the chairman of the force’s federation has said. The force has the highest proportion of detentions under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act according to Nigel Rabbitts. There were more than 1,800 people with mental health issues […]

Paying to police…? Will it cost to join the College?

WILL police officers have to pay to become members of the College of Policing? What will they get for being a “standard” member and a “premium” member? David Buckle, director of membership for the College of Policing, explains while it is likely every officer will become a member – they will have a choice over […]

PFEW survey reveals low officer morale – and planned exodus

MORE than 5,000 police officers in England and Wales are planning to leave the service in the next two years, a Police Federation survey suggests. Of the 32,000 officers who responded, 94 per cent said they believed morale in the service was low or very low. Some 59 per cent of police officers said their own personal […]