The Executive

Devon and Cornwall Police’s Executive is responsible for providing clear and accountable leadership for the organisation, ensuring we provide the best possible service to the people of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The Executive (previously known as the Chief Offciers Group or COG) is made up of the Chief Constable, one Deputy Chief Constable, four Assistant Chief Constables and two directors.

They all lead on certain areas of business within Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police.

In Devon and Cornwall, the Executive is made up of the following senior members of staff - all of whom are answerable directly to the Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer

Chief constableChief Constable - Shaun Sawyer

Shaun Sawyer was appointed Chief Constable for Devon and Cornwall Police in February 2013.

Mr Sawyer has served within Specialist Operations (Counter Terrorism) and Territorial Policing. From 2005 to 2007 he was the Met Police lead for covert operations and intelligence combating serious and organised crime and terrorism. In 2008 he was appointed Head of Counter Terrorism within Scotland Yard with both national and international responsibilities. His current portfolios include being the national policing lead for the crime business area covering standards, training and competencies as well as modern slavery, organised immigration crime and migration related matters. He also leads the national initiative for police cadets.

The Chief Constable is the most senior police officer in Devon and Cornwall Police and is responsible for the delivery of operational policing. is accountable to the public and the PCC but is operationally independent and free from political interference.  However the Chief Constable must perform their duties in a way that reasonably assists the PCC. Whilst the PCC appoints the Chief Constable, they are not their employer. The Chief Constable is a corporation sole and a servant of the Crown.

The Chief Constable Has overall responsibility for the performance of Devon and Cornwall Police, its officers and staff and the use of police resources and finances.

Follow CC Shaun Sawyer on Twitter @CCShaunSawyer

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Assistant Chief ConstableDeputy Chief Constable - Jim Colwell

Jim joined the Force in 2001 at the age of 27 as a bobby on the beat in Plymouth after graduating from Leicester University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications and Sociology and a post-graduate Diploma in Security and Risk Management. 

With extensive experience as a senior detective and one of the Force’s key investigating officers, he has a meticulous eye for detail and is proactive in driving a high quality policing service to the communities of Devon & Cornwall. 

He is known for his thorough investigative skills and for leading investigations into high profile cases such as a fatal speedboat incident in Padstow, as well as coordinating the initial response to numerous major incidents including homicides and kidnaps across the Force.

He was promoted to Chief Superintendent in April 2016, when he took on the role of BCU Commander for Devon. He was then temporarily promoted to Assistant Chief Constable in January 2018, with responsibility for Local Policing and Connectivity. In July 2019, Jim was promoted to the substantive Assistant Chief Constable role with responsibility for Innovation, Contact and Demand.

As Deputy Chief Constable he is Chief Operating Officer, responsible for delivering policing performance across the 4,000 square miles of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. He is also responsible for managing the transformational change programme for the Police across Devon and Cornwall and Dorset police forces.

Jim has been responsible for the Vulnerability and Crime portfolio incorporating vulnerability, criminal justice and custody, intelligence, public protection, covert authorities, major crime investigation and serious organised crime. He was leading the south west region in responding to modern slavery, human trafficking and organised immigration crime and co-chairs the Regional Vulnerability Strategic Governance Group. Jim has been a Strategic Firearms Commander for a number of years.

Jim was born in Manchester but spent his early childhood in West Africa, before returning to the UK at the age of eight years. He has a passion for running and football and has travelled extensively throughout the Caribbean, including negotiating the Panama Canal numerous times having worked on cruise ships in his youth. In his spare time he enjoys coaching youth football and chasing after his two young sons

 Follow DCC Jim Colwell on Twitter @DCCJimColwell.

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Assistant Chief Constable Jim NymAssistant Chief Constable Jim Nye

 Jim Nye has been in Devon & Cornwall Police for 27 years. As Temporary Deputy Chief Constable he is responsible for the quality of day to day policing across both counties.

Additional responsibilities include Force Lead Mental Health and National Lead for Maritime Policing. Operationally, Jim is a Strategic Firearms Commander and a Public Order Commander.                                       

Away from Devon and Cornwall Police Jim is chair of @Active Devon, which aims to encourage the people of Devon to be more active and healthy for life.

Jim was promoted to Temporary Deputy Chief Constable in November 2020.

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ACC Nikki LeaperT/Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Leaper 

Nikki joined Devon and Cornwall Police in 2003 having previously worked in international customer service. During her policing career she has held a number of roles in uniform, intelligence, business and operations. In 2008 she spent sixteen months of her career at the Home Office on secondment.

In 2014 Nikki was invited to be part of the Strategic Alliance. A collaboration programme between Devon and Cornwall and Dorset Police and took on the role of Programme Delivery Manager in charge of implementation. Three years later she moved to Head of Alliance Specialist Operations.

Nikki received a National Special Recognition award from the British Association for Women in Policing in 2017, in recognition of her work with mentoring and coaching others.

In 2019 Nikki successfully passed the National Chief Officer selection process and attended the Strategic Command Course in 2020. Since then she has carried out the roles of Head of Alliance Operations and latterly was the Policing Commander for South Devon and had responsibility for the overall policing of the area. This included responding to incidents, investigation and neighbourhood policing working alongside partners to address key threats to the community and individuals and contributing to the prevention of crime and disorder.

Nikki is a Strategic Firearms Commander, Public Order Public Safety Commander and a Major Incident Commander. She also holds a Masters in Applied Criminology from Cambridge University which focused on evidence based policing.

As ACC Operations she is responsible for the Force's capability for operational policing, specifically including specialist capabilities and strategic policing requirements.

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Steve ParkerT/Assistant Chief Constable Steve Parker

Steve Parker joined Devon & Cornwall Police in 1994, spending the early part of his service in uniform and detective roles predominantly in the Plymouth area.

He subsequently became one of the cadre of force senior investigating officers, leading complex investigations across the Devon and Cornwall area. He has specialised in homicide and public protection investigations and attained PIP3 and PIP4 accreditation. He is a member of the National PIP4 Working Group. Alongside this he was the force representative on child and adult safeguarding partnerships and has been involved in a number of multi-agency initiatives. This included the development of the first Sexual Assault Referral Centre in the force area, based in Plymouth.  Steve has led a number of force projects including the implementation of the Safeguarding Vulnerable People Review.  

In 2017 Steve was promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent as Commander Crime & Criminal Justice, leading teams that delivered specialist crime investigation services, intelligence functions and criminal justice processes.  In December 2020 he was appointed Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Innovation, Contact and Demand. 


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Alexis PooleAssistant Chief Officer Alexis Poole

Alexis joined the Metropolitan Police as an Intelligence Analyst in 1999 having completed a law degree. Whilst in the Met she gained a Masters degree part time and worked on a knowledge sharing programme with the South African Police.

Seeking an opportunity to develop her research skills she joined the Police Research Group at the Home Office in 2003 as a Senior Research Officer.  She worked on many projects including the evaluation of the National Reassurance Policing Project.

In 2005 she joined Devon & Cornwall Police as Principal Intelligence Analyst. She then became Head of Performance and Analysis, leading on performance management, strategic intelligence analysis, public, victim and staff consultation, Internal inspection, planning, and risk management.

She has led change programmes transforming support functions and approaches to responding to demand. She sat on the NPCC Performance Management Co-ordinating committee and was the NPCC representative for demand on the Home Office Technical Reference Group for the Funding Formula Review. In 2018 she completed the Strategic Command Course. In December 2019 Alexis took up the post of Assistant Chief Officer – People and is now the NPCC Lead for Neurodiversity.

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Director of Finance and ResourcesDirector of Finance and Resources - Sandy Goscomb

Sandy Goscomb is the Director of Finance and Resources and has worked for Devon & Cornwall Police since August 2008.

Her responsibilities include overseeing the Force budget and ensuring proper financial administration and control of what is spent and received. In addition, she is the executive lead for ICT, the 1000 strong vehicle fleet, administration across the force and a four force regional procurement unit.

Sandy’s career has always been with policing, a service she is proud to work for. Prior to working for Devon & Cornwall Police, she was Head of Finance at Dorset Police.

Sandy is a qualified accountant and chartered secretary. She is married and lives in Devon.

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Director of Legal ServicesDirector of Legal, Reputation and Risk - Mike Stamp

Mike Stamp was appointed Director of Legal Services in September 2006, with his role developing into the Director of Legal, Reputation and Risk in 2015. His portfolio includes Legal Services in Devon Police Cornwall and Dorset Police, and Information Management and Corporate Communications in Devon & Cornwall.

The Legal Services team provide legal advice and representation to both Forces and their Police and Crime Commissioners. Their work includes litigation (employment, civil, inquest, misconduct and judicial review), operations (civil preventative orders, licensing, public order) and general advice (duty advisor scheme for day to day legal queries, critical incident advice, and strategic advice). Members of the team regularly appear in a range of Courts to represent the interests of the Chief Constables and/or Police and Crime Commissioners.

Mike and his team regularly sit on Gold and Silver groups, which are responsible for the management of critical incidents.

As the member of the Executive with portfolio responsibility for Information Management, Mike holds the position of the Senior Information Responsible Officer on behalf of Devon and Cornwall and Dorset.

In addition, the Information Management department is responsible for Data Protection, Freedom of Information, Disclosure, Information Assurance and information sharing with partner agencies for both Devon and Cornwall and Dorset.   The Alliance Information Management Department is also responsible for Records Management and Data Quality within Devon and Cornwall.

Mike also undertakes the role as Joint Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) for Devon and Cornwall and Dorset.

The Corporate Communications department covers internal and external communications including reputation management and digital media.

Mike sits on the national committee for the Association of Police Lawyers and chairs the Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Joint Ethics Committee and is also the co-chair of the South West Policing Regional Ethics Committee.

Mike is a qualified Solicitor, married with children and lives in Devon


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