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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.

The PCC is the primary funder of Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) in Devon & Cornwall.  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 or re-offending. The partnerships include the police, fire and ambulance 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 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. She also works in partnership with CJS organisations across the peninsula as a member of the Reducing Offending Board for the South West region (Avon & Somerset, Devon & Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire).

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.