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Police and Crime Commissioner responds to IOPC update

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall has noted progress made by the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) in its investigation into decision making by Devon & Cornwall Police related to the shooting of five people in Plymouth.

Police and Crime Commissioner responds to IOPC update

Commissioner Alison Hernandez and Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer in Keyham the day after the shooting

The IOPC is assessing the conduct of force employees directly involved in processing and checking Jake Davison’s original application for a shotgun certificate in 2017, as well as the handling of the assault by Davison on two youths in September 2020, and the decision to return the weapon to him in July this year.

Davison used the weapon to kill five people in Keyham, Plymouth, in August, before taking his own life.

The IOPC said today that it had issued a gross misconduct notice to a member of police staff and a misconduct notice to a police officer. Such notices advise individuals that their conduct is subject to investigation but it does not mean that disciplinary proceedings will necessarily follow.

Alison Hernandez, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “I note the progress made by the Independent Office for Police Conduct and am satisfied that the force is assisting fully with that investigation.

“Since the tragic events of August 12 my priorities have been to ensure those affected have access to high quality services to assist in their recovery, and to work with the Government to ensure that firearms legislation is fit for purpose.

“It is vital that people are given the chance to influence the current Home Office review of firearms licensing and I would urge people to take a few minutes to complete the current Association of Police and Crime Commissioners’ survey on the matter.

"My thoughts remain with anyone affected by these tragic events.”

The survey, which can be completed online here, takes just a few minutes and will remain open for responses until Wednesday, October 20.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner helped co-ordinate a successful bid for more than £1m of Government funding to support the Keyham community recover from the incident.

The latest information, help and support for those affected by the shooting is available on the Plymouth Together hub.