This is the archived website of Devon and Cornwall Police Authority. On 22
November 2012 in accordance with the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act
2011 the Police Authority was abolished and replaced by a directly elected
individual known as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall. If
you wish to visit their site, relating to current governance of policing in
Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly please visit
What We Did
The Devon and Cornwall Police Authority has a duty to "secure the maintenance of an efficent and effective police service" for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Setting policing priorities
- The Authority, in partnership with the Force, produces a Local Policing Plan annually and maintains its own strategic plan.
Holds the Chief Constable to account and scrutinises performance
- Throughout the year the Authority, through Committee meetings and lead Member portfolios, scrutinises the Force's performance against the targets set in the policing plan.
Monitors complaints against the senior officers and the Force's complaints process
- Complaints against senior officers - the Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable
and all Assistant Chief Constables - are dealt with by the Authority, which
could also be directly responsible for disciplining these officers.
- The Authority's role in dealing with complaints against police officers in lower
ranks, or members of police staff, is to ensure the Force has in place a robust
and efficent system for dealing with those complaints.
Appoints senior police officers
- The Police Authority is responsible for appointing the Chief Constable, Deputy
Chief Constable and any Assistant Chief Constables. All police staff are
employed by the Police Authority but are appointed by, and under the direct
control of, the Chief Constable.
- The Authority is actively involved with the appointment of senior police staff
that operate at the level of Assistant Chief Constable or higher.
Sets the budget for the police
- The Police Authority has a legal duty to set the police budget. Central
Government indicate the level of funding they will provide through grants. Any
additional money required for the police service can only be raised through the
local council tax.
- The Police Authority sets the level of the police element of the council tax
Operates the Independent Custody Visiting scheme
- Independent Custody Visiting is the well established system whereby volunteers
attend police stations to check on the treatment of detainees and ensure their
rights and entitlements are being observed. It offers protection to the
detainees and the police, and reassurance to the wider community. You can find
out more about our scheme under 'community engagement' on this website.
Promote equality and diversity
Devon and Cornwall Police Authority will support the Force to deliver the best possible service across Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
This objective can be achieved by monitoring specific
Force activities, for example: Implementation and progress of the AA1/2 training
provision (the Equality and Diversity assessment tool); The leadership provided to support implementation of the
Equality Standard; Progress made with the Diverse Communities Team review and
how it incorporates and addresses community feedback; and, Handling of
complaints and the implementation of lessons learnt.
B)Ensure that Equality, Diversity and Human Rights considerations are integrated into the
and Crime Commissioner’s (PCC) day to day business
This objective can be achieved by undertaking equality
analysis on all relevant and appropriate Transition projects
(in line with the Equality Act 2010 and the Human
Rights Act 1998) to ensure that Equality, Diversity and Human Rights
considerations are:integrated into the PCC’s day to day business, such
as the commissioning framework, partnership working, community engagement plan
and communication strategy; form an integral part of the Police and Crime Plan
(which will include the PCC’s Equality Objectives); and, considered in all
relevant business by providing Equalities guidance for the PCC and the office of
the PCC to ensure awareness of all relevant Equalities and Human Rights
Community engagement and consultation
One of the key objectives for the Police Authority is to consult widely with
local people about the policing of their area. This helps the Authority set
policing targets and provides us with feedback on how you feel the police are
delivering their service.
The Authority had a number of Committees that met to discuss specific areas of the policing service. A PDF structure chart published on the 24/01/2012 shows how these meetings linked together.