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Statement from Devon and Cornwall Police following resignation of PC Laura Beal

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Resignation letter shared publically by PC Beal

Chief Superintendent Jim Colwell, Devon Commander, said: “I am aware of PC Laura Beal’s resignation and am sympathetic to the reasons she gives for leaving the Force. I would like to formally thank PC Beal for her loyal service, hearing of an officer resigning is sad, particularly when this is done so publically.

“We do hear concerns from officers and staff and recognise where they are feeling the strain. We acknowledge that these are issues undoubtedly have an impact on staff wellbeing.

“Staff wellness is a priority for the Force and we have a series of initiatives in place to assist such as a peer support network, a counselling service and we have implemented the Blue Light programme developed by mental health charity Mind, aimed at emergency services staff.

“Last month the Chief Constable announced that, through additional budget provided by the Police and Crime Commissioner, we will be employing nearly 100 additional police officers onto the streets and into local policing, as well as 50 criminal investigators and 30 online record takers. The extra 100 police officers will bring the total number back up to 3,000 and should help to relieve the pressure.

“Being a police officer is not easy. It requires skills and personal resilience which are often unique to the role. We are a supportive Force and will always assist an officer needing help or guidance.”


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