Building our Police and Crime Plan for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall is seeking your views on the development of her Police and Crime Plan for Devon and Cornwall and the isles of Scilly.

You can add your views using the online survey link below or alternatively you can email your Voluntary Voice Rep, Greg Davis, on who will then submit a combined response via Safer Devon Partnership.

Alison Hernandez says: 

This Plan will set the strategic direction for community safety for the next four years to provide an effective and efficient policing service and will determine how policing funds are spent across the peninsula.

In my first few weeks in office I have met with a wide range of public and private partners, including small businesses, criminal justice partners, councillors, charities and voluntary organisations as well as many police officers and staff. This process has been important in helping me to understand the challenges we face and in formulating my plans for the future. My plans have been informed by a range of evidence, including the Peninsula Strategic Assessment, national developments and my time on the campaign trail.
My draft Plan is built upon the following principles:

  • That we must work together to keep people safe, effective partnership working is key if we are to protect and support the most vulnerable people
  • That everyone has a part to play in keeping communities safe – we need to encourage the public to work alongside us to keep people safe
  • That we must recognise that in order to effectively tackle crime we must look at the victim, the offender and the location – and take steps in all three areas
  • That we focus on delivering quality, connected services to our communities – spending public money wisely and in ways that will have a real impact.

I intend to focus my Plan on two broad priorities: ‘Keeping People Safe’ and ‘Getting the Best Out of the Police’.

Safeguarding, the protection of vulnerable people and preventing crime all feature strongly in my plan. I am also committed to strengthening the connection between the police and local communities and am seeking views from the public at the moment to better understand why a local connection is important to them and how we may be able to best achieve that.

I intend to continue and strengthen the excellent work that is currently underway to improve services to protect vulnerable people and to support victims of crime so that they can recover and move on with their lives. We also need to invest in prevention – working with offenders and potential offenders on issues such as alcohol, drugs and mental ill health as well as early work with children and young people. The nature of crime is changing and we must ensure that we protect people online as well as on our streets and I plan to work closely with businesses and partners to help us make progress here.

I will be finalising my police and crime plan after the summer and would really welcome your thoughts on my proposals between now and 9th September 2016.

You can download a copy of the plan proposal here for ease of reference but you can also find a copy on the OPCC website . I am also carrying out a public online survey which can be accessed on our website.

I would also be very happy to meet with you to discuss my proposals and how we can work together to keep people safe. If you would like to arrange a meeting, please contact my PA Nikki Long on 01392 225547 or

Your views are important and I would encourage you to take this opportunity to have a say in shaping the future direction of policing in Devon and Cornwall.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Alison Hernandez
Police and Crime Commissioner 



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