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Commissioner reminds public help is available at Police Enquiry Offices

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly today begins her latest tour of police stations as part of the third phase of her project to re-open front desks across Devon and Cornwall.

Commissioner reminds public help is available at Police Enquiry Offices

She will visit stations Looe, Devonport, Okehampton, Honiton, Ilfracombe and Kingsbridge which are all due to be reopened in the next financial year.

Further funding was confirmed earlier this year to open four further front offices in the next financial year, which will bring the total number open to the public across Devon and Cornwall to 27.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez said: “Footfall recorded in the first few months of the last six front desks reopened in Tiverton, Newton Abbot, Truro, Penzance, Bude and Falmouth showed us that at least 2,600 members of the public used this service.

“Having these front desks open by next summer in popular tourist locations like Looe and Kingsbridge will be especially helpful during the summer months when crime levels in Devon and Cornwall increase by around 10%.”

Work and recruitment once completed will mean the newly refurbished front desks will give the public the opportunity to speak to staff face to face on issues such as reporting crime, seeking advice, crime prevention and support services for victims of crimes.

Chief Constable Will Kerr has said: “These front-offices offer a reassuring presence in local communities, as well as being points of access for potentially vulnerable victims who prefer that face to face contact.

“When not dealing with in-person enquiries, the newly recruited Police Enquiry Officers are able to respond to non-emergency contact, taking pressure off their colleagues in the control rooms.”

For current station days and opening times it is advisable to check online before you visit at: A list of Police Enquiry Offices (PEOs) | Devon & Cornwall Police (devon-cornwall.police.uk)