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Our mission, vision and values

Our mission

Building safer communities together

We cannot police effectively without the support of local people and partner agencies. Our mission reflects the importance of us all working together to build safe and thriving communities.

We will make communities safer by:

  • Upholding the law fairly and firmly
  • Preventing crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Keeping the peace
  • Protecting and reassuring communities
  • Investigating crime
  • Bringing offenders to justice

Our vision

To be the best rural, coastal and urban police service.

‘One team - innovating to be the best’

This means that we will deliver the best policing service we can and recognise the unique needs of each community within Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We will listen to people and understand what is most important to them, and work with them to solve matters which concern them most.

Our officers and staff will be approachable and available to the public, and will continue to provide a visible presence within communities.

Our values

Our behaviour and ethics underpin everything we do and the service we provide:

Fairness and respect

We will act with integrity, compassion, courtesy and patience, showing neither fear nor favour in what we do. We will be sensitive to the needs and dignity of others and demonstrate respect for the human rights of all.


We will use professional judgement, discretion and common sense to guide us and will be accountable for our decisions and actions. We will respond to wellfounded criticism with a willingness to learn and change.


We will work with communities and partner agencies, listen to their views, build their trust and confidence, and make every effort to understand and meet their needs.


We will not be distracted from our mission through fear of being criticised.


In the face of challenge, violence or abuse we will be professional, calm and restrained and will respond in a way which is necessary to accomplish our lawful duty.

Public service

We will deliver a service that we can be proud of and which keeps our rural, coastal and urban communities safe.

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