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Partnership working

On this page you will find information about some of the work we do with other agencies

The OPCC and Devon and Cornwall Police work with partners to help create safe, resilient and connected communities.

The Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) holds a key political role in Devon & Cornwall; she is the elected representative of the public and has the legal duty to hold the Chief Constable to account with regards to the delivery of policing services across the two counties and the Isles of Scilly.    The PCC works in conjunction with the Chief Constable to set the force’s strategic direction which is drafted into a published Police & Crime plan.

Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) have a statutory responsibility to work together to protect their local communities from crime and to help people feel safe.  They are tasked with tackling local issues including anti-social behaviour, drug or alcohol misuse, preventing serious violence and reducing re-offending. The partnerships include the police, fire and rescue services, local authority community safety teams, local authority councillors, public health and probation services.  There are CSPs for Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth, Torbay, the Isles of Scilly, Exeter, East & Mid Devon, North Devon & Torridge and South Devon & Dartmoor. The PCC works with and supports the local CSP’s to address their priorities, local issues and concerns. The PCC has successfully worked with CSP’s to secure external funding opportunities which help tackle issues in local areas. In 2022-23 the OPCC supported five safer streets bids applied for by local CSP’s and local Universities securing over £3 million pounds for Devon and Cornwall. In 2023-2025 the OPCC will manage a further £820k funding for safer streets. 

The Police & Crime Plan also incorporates the PCC’s vision for the improved and smooth running of the Criminal Justice System (CJS) in Devon & Cornwall.  To achieve these aims the PCC and her office work closely with partner organisations both locally and nationally whether private, public or third sector. The PCC is the chair of the Local Criminal Justice Board (LCJB) which includes representation from all CJS agencies including the prison services, the courts, the Criminal Prosecution Service (CPS), probation services and local authorities.

The PCC also works in partnership with CJS organisations across the peninsula and now chairs the Reducing Offending Board for the South West region (Avon & Somerset, Devon & Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire). The South West Reducing Reoffending Partnership was established in March 2019 and brings together partners from across the South West to support multi-agency work to tackle some of the main causes of reoffending, such as lack of accommodation, access to health services and employment opportunities.

The South West Reducing Reoffending Partnership also works with the regional Prisoners Building Homes Programme, in partnership with the One Public Estate Programme and West of England Combined Authority. This award winning programme was set up to enable prisoners to be employed and trained by modular housing providers to build low carbon, modular homes for local communities and vulnerable people across the South West.

Additionally the PCC’s team work with executives and commissioners from Public Health, Mental Health and the NHS in order to support or commission services for members of the public who have entered or are at risk of entering the criminal justice system and who need the support of referral or diversion services.