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Devonport Police Station opens its doors to the public for the first time

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has welcomed a ‘fantastic’ day for Devonport as a police station front desk today (Monday, October 9) opens its doors to the public for the first time.

Devonport Police Station opens its doors to the public for the first time

The Police Enquiry Office will initially open Mondays to Wednesdays, with plans to open six days in a week in the new year.

The Commissioner will be visiting the new police station front desk on Wednesday, October 18, to meet the team who will be helping members of the public with crime reporting, crime prevention advice, and help with accessing victim services.

The reopening of Police Enquiry Offices in Looe, Okehampton, Honiton, Ilfracombe and Kingsbridge will follow in the coming months, and all six, including Devonport, will be officially opened in the early part of next year.

Due to extra funding confirmed earlier this year, a further two will be announced to reopen in the new year by 2025, bringing the total number open to the public across Devon and Cornwall to 27. 

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez said: “I am delighted that Devonport opens today for the first time for three days per week. This is a fantastic day for the residents of Plymouth, some of whom have experienced or been affected by some horrific events in recent years, and so it is essential residents feel that they are able to get the support they need in reporting crime or finding out about victim support services.

“When recruitment and refurbishments are complete early next year to allow the stations to be open for the full six days each week, the Chief Constable and I will look forward to an official opening of Devonport and all other newly reopened police enquiry offices.” 

Acting Chief Constable Jim Colwell said: “Continuing to improve the visibility and accessibility of Devon & Cornwall Police is a priority for the force.

“We appreciate that people prefer to engage with the police in different ways. Some like doing things online, others over the phone and some face-to-face, so it is vital that we provide a variety of accessible options to our communities. 

“Our police enquiry officers will work with colleagues in the control rooms by handling non-emergency contact from the public and providing the local community with another contact option, which will improve the convenience of contacting the police and strengthen the service we offer.”

Local Policing Inspector Paul Laity said: “This is great news for the local communities that we serve.  I’m really excited that the public will be able visit the station for the first time and engage with officers and our staff.

“This will support both our visibility and accessibility to those who live, work and visit the local area.”

For current station days and opening times, it is advisable to check online before you visit at https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/police-forces/devon-cornwall-police/areas/about-us/about-us/police-enquiry-offices/