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Commissioner seeks Devon and Cornwall next ‘inspiring’ Chief Constable

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez is seeking an ‘exceptional and inspiring’ leader to be the next Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police.

Commissioner seeks Devon and Cornwall next ‘inspiring’ Chief Constable

Senior police officers with a proven track record in delivering positive organisational change are being asked to express an interest in the post, which oversees the largest geographical police force in England.

The vacancy will be created when the current Chief Constable, Shaun Sawyer, leaves the force later this summer after nine years at the helm.

In her advertisement for the job Commissioner Hernandez says the successful candidate will have the ability to inspire the workforce and build a culture where leadership, customer service and organisational and personal performance is valued at every level.

“Our force area is one of the safest places in the country and I want to ensure that we continue to keep our communities safe and provide high quality services which police officers, police staff, police volunteers and our communities can be truly proud of,” she said.

“As an inspirational leader with grip, through collaborative engagement with the workforce, partner agencies and communities, the successful candidate will bring about a performance culture and visible change that will evidence a real difference to policing and the public we serve. Not fancy elaborate projects but a real focus on getting the basics of policing right including promoting the great efforts that the workforce does every day to keep us safe.”

The Commissioner advises potential applicants that although residents of the two counties and their islands enjoy low levels of crime, the force faces significant challenges, such as significant seasonal variations to population related to tourism.

The Commissioner has initiated an open, transparent and rigorous selection process to recruit the role. More information about this process can be found here.