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Commissioner newsletter - January edition

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Commissioner's newsletter: January edition

Devon and Cornwall the third safest force area in the country

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) report on recorded crime for the 12 months to September 2019 shows an overall decrease of 0.3% across the force area.

Staffordshire, Hampshire, Avon and Somerset, Kent and Northumbria also saw drops, while every other force saw increases.

With 59 crimes reported per 1,000 people in the period the force area was the third safest force area to live in England and Wales.

Serious violence was down 15%, theft was down 11%, burglary was down 9% and shoplifting was down 12%.

There were increases in domestic abuse (8%), possession of drugs offences (17%) and robbery (21%). Possession of weapons was up 24% although from a low base this is less than 1% of total recorded crime.

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Volunteering opportunity: Independent Custody Visitors

Independent custody visitors (ICV) are members of the local community that visit police stations unannounced to check on the treatment of detainees, the conditions in which they are being held and ensure that their rights and entitlements are being observed.

If you would be interested in volunteering as an ICV, please visit our website for more information and details on how to apply

Commissioner welcomes X-ray checks at Exeter prison

Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has welcomed news that Exeter Prison is one of 16 to be fitted with X-ray body scanners which stop drugs, phones and weapons being smuggled in.

Installation will begin in spring 2020, with all scanners expected to be in place by the summer.

Images produced by the scanner provide a level of detail inside the body that has not been seen before in the Prison Service.

In tests at HMP Leeds the scanner found over 300 smuggled items and, in its first year, has slashed the number of drugs getting into the prison.

The use of X-ray body scanners at 10 other challenging prisons was successful in detecting contraband and contributed to a significant reduction in violence and drug use.

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Crimebeat Fund invites applications to fund community road safety initiatives

Thanks to new funding from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Cornwall Crimebeat Fund is seeking applications from local community groups in Cornwall undertaking initiatives that improve road safety in their area.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez, said: “On a daily basis communities across Cornwall are being affected by people driving dangerously so it’s absolutely right that I should try to help those communities do something about it.”

“The answer to most problems lies within communities themselves so, through Cornwall Community Foundation, we are asking interested groups how they would make the roads where they live safer - to slow drivers down, stop antisocial road use, prevent accidents and ultimately save lives. They will be able to apply for a share of £25,000 which will come largely from the Property Act fund, money that has been raised by selling off items that have been seized from criminals.”

For more information or to apply to the Crimebeat Fund for a road safety grant, please visit the Cornwall Community Foundation website

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