About our Force

We might cover some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside and coastline, but policing in Devon and Cornwall is as challenging as anywhere else in the country.

To give you an idea of scale, our Force is the 4th largest in the UK by area and the largest in England. Devon has the longest road network in the UK at over 8,000 miles and Cornwall has the longest coastline, at 675 miles (Devon has the third longest, with 509 miles). That’s quite a patch to cover and shows what a unique area this is to work in.

As well as a huge rural beat, we also have many urban areas to police. Exeter and Plymouth are major cities and large towns like Penzance, Torquay, Barnstaple, St Austell, Exmouth & Truro have their own character and issues. The Isles of Scilly are also part of our Force area and as a group of small islands 80 miles from the mainland they have their own distinct feel.

We play a big part in County Lines investigations and have specialist teams that you’ll be familiar with from your own Force, like the ARV team and dog handlers. We also have a very active drone unit and rural policing teams.


The Force area is divided into four Basic Command Units, under a Chief Superintendent:

  • Cornwall & Isles of Scilly (CIOS)
  • Plymouth
  • South Devon
  • North, East & West Devon (NEW)

Force headquarters is at HQ Middlemoor, in Exeter.

The Police UK website has detailed information about crime & the neighbourhood teams across the area. www.police.uk/devon-and-cornwall/

You can express a preference for location - you'll be expected to stay there for a minimum of 2 years.

Devon & Cornwall is led by the Executive and scrutinised by the PCC, Alison Hernandez.

 D&C Exec


People Services Centre (Resourcing)
Devon & Cornwall Police
Homer House
Middlemoor, Exeter

Tel: 01392 225900

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