Senior officers & department heads


Chief Superintendent Sam de Reya

Devon Commander

Devon Commander

Sam de Reya is currently the Temporary Chief Superintendent for Devon leading front line policing services, investigation, neighbourhood and partnerships.

Her aim is to continue to support the delivery of quality local policing and build strong community relationships across the county to keep people safe and prevent crime and incidents.

She joined Northumbria Police in 1996 and transferred to Devon and Cornwall Police in 1999. Her career since then has consisted of roles in Local Policing, Crime Investigation, Public Protection, the delivery of a major Force IT project and as Head of the Professional Standards Department. 

Most recently Sam was the Commander for Exeter East and Mid Devon.

As lead for the Code of Ethics she supports investment in policing championing ethical behaviour and professional standards in the service. As a senior female Police Officer and the Superintendents Association Member for Gender, Sam is actively involved in supporting equal opportunities for all.

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Chief Superintendent Dave Thorne

Plymouth Commander

Plymouth Commander

Ch Dave Thorne is responsible for the overall policing for Plymouth including responding to incidents, investigation and neighbourhood policing. He sets local priorities in consultation with partners and the local community, which meet local needs and support organisational goals. He works with partners to address the key threats to the community and individuals, and contributes to the prevention of crime and disorder.

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Chief Superintendent Jim Pearce

Jim Pearce Small

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Commander

Ch Supt Jim Pearce has worked in the police service for over 20 years, first working for Gloucester Police. In 2000, he transferred to Devon & Cornwall Police and has worked across Devon, Cornwall and Plymouth during his career with the Force. He has been responsible for advising on and implementing of a number of projects across the Force, and is a trained firearms and public order commander.

Having accepted the position of Cornwall Commander, he is now responsible for the overall policing for Cornwall including responding to incidents, investigation and neighbourhood policing. He sets local priorities in consultation with partners and the local community, which meet local needs and support organisational goals. He works with partners to address the key threats to the community and individuals, and contributes to the prevention of crime and disorder.

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Chief Superintendent Jim Nye

Chief Superintendent Jim Nye

Corporate Development

 

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Chief Superintendent Glen Mayhew

Chief Superintendent Glen Mayhew

Alliance Operations Commander

Chief Superintendent Glen Mayhew is responsible across Devon, Cornwall, Isles of Scilly and Dorset for the delivery of specialist operations. This ranges from 3 contact management and communications centres, operations and contingency planning to the delivery of specialist roles including marine, roads policing, public order, search and firearms.

Chief Superintendent Mayhew has undertaken both senior detective and uniform roles, including Director of Intelligence and geographic commander. He is an accredited commander for major incidents, public order, firearms and counter terrorism and leads the Force Hostage Negotiator team.

Outside of work, he enjoys water sports and is a member of the board of trustees for Surf Life Saving Great Britain.

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Chief Superintendent Steve Parker

Crime and Criminal Justice Commander

Chief Superintendent Steve Parker has 20 years’ service.  He has worked in uniform and detective roles, starting his career in Plymouth, but then moving to various roles across the force.  He is one of the Senior Investigating Officer cadre and has a background in Major Crime and Public Protection investigations. He has been responsible for a number of projects including the implementation of the force’s safeguarding vulnerable people review.  He also has significant experience of working within partnerships particularly in relation to safeguarding children and domestic abuse.

As Head of Crime and Criminal Justice he leads a team which has responsibility for specialist crime investigation, the gathering and handling of intelligence, public protection, delivering criminal justice processes and custody provision across the Force; as well as being the professional lead for investigation within the organisation.

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Superintendent Matt Lawler

Alliance Prevention Department

Alliance Prevention Department

Originally from Canberra Australia, Supt Lawler has spent most of his service in uniform and operational policing, and currently holds the post of Head of Prevention for Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police. Working alongside the community and Force partners, his current portfolio responsibilities include crime prevention, volunteering, drugs and alcohol, mental health, youth issues, reducing reoffending and reducing victimisation.

His previous roles within the Force have included Head of Command and Control and working as a Chief Inspector within Exeter, East and Mid Devon.

He holds a BA in Personnel Management and has undertaken study course in Ethics with Oxford University.

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Chief Technology Officer

Responsible for the delivery and support of all ICT services such as radio, telephone and computer services to the Force and also Dorset Police. The ICT department manages our partner BT, and the third party contracts that underpin our services. The department also supports the business change department in the implementation of new services using ICT.

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Dr Richard Bullock

Head of Alliance Business Change

Richard is responsible for delivery of organisational change across both Devon and Cornwall and Dorset Police areas. His team is responsible for design, planning and delivery of programmes and projects which in combination deliver new capabilities for policing across both Forces. This includes both process and ICT change.

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Stuart Jose

Head of Regional Procurement

Mr Jose provides strategic procurement services to four Forces: Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. The team procures a diverse range of goods and services, and supports operational policing. Mr Jose is also the current chair of the National Police Procurement Executive (NPPE), which has engagement from all Forces and considers and delivers national collaboration opportunities.

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Tanya Croft

Head of Corporate Communications

Ms Croft is the head of corporate communications and is responsible for setting the strategic communication direction for the Force. She leads on internal communications, external communications (including media services, public relations and campaigns), digital media, reprographics and the heritage and the learning collection.

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Juliet Simmons

Director of Equality and Diversity

Ms Simmons is the strategic lead and head of profession for equality, diversity and human rights. She is responsible for developing and improving performance on equality and diversity and ensuring that the Force meets its statutory responsibilities under equality legislation. She also leads on the development of strategic consultation and engagement activity with protected groups to enable the organisation to improve its understanding of risk, harm and vulnerability and the impact of policing services on protected groups.

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Louise Fenwick

Head of Information Management

Ms Fenwick has worked for the Force for over ten years, in various information management roles, before taking up the role of Head of Information Management in 2011. She manages the Force Information Management Department, leading 8 teams over the 2 counties, to ensure effective co-ordination of the Force’s information assets and that the organisation is collecting, organising, using, controlling and sharing information legitimately and securely. Her key areas of responsibility include disclosure (including FOIA, DPA, court orders and CAFCASS), information sharing, information assurance /security and records management and data quality.

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Alexis Poole

Head of Performance and Analysis

Ms Poole has worked for the Force for over 10 years, with a career background of analysis within the police service and public sector organisations. She has worked for the Metropolitan Police, Home Office and alongside other foreign police services on various projects throughout her career. Accepting the position of Head of Performance & Analysis in 2007, she leads on aspects within the Force such as performance management, planning and risk management. In February 2015, she took on a new challenge, leading the Force’s work on demand management, as it seeks to further adapt and renegotiate the policing service it provides with its communities, returning to the role of Head of Performance & Analysis in April 2016.

Ms Poole holds a law degree and during her time within the Metropolitan Police, gained a Masters degree.

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Lucy Seymour

Head of Legal Services

Ms Seymour, a qualified solicitor and solicitor advocate, has been part of the Force’s legal department for over 9 years. Previously working as a senior lawyer, she took up the role of Head of Legal Services in 2015 when, as a result of the Strategic Alliance, the department began to serve both Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police.

She has a keen interest in running and cycling, as well as attending live music events.

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