Protecting victims of Domestic Violence
West Devon Police are committed to protecting victims of domestic violence by taking positive action to bring offenders to justice and by using Police and Civil Powers to prevent further harm.
West Devon now has a dedicated Domestic Abuse officer and there will soon be another officer joining her. These officers will work closely with the local investigation team, response and neighbourhood officers, partner agencies and a Police Vulnerability Lawyer to tackle the ever present, but often hidden, issue, of Domestic Violence in our community.
We have been successful in recent months in using legislation to secure court orders to remove perpetrators from victim's homes and in cases where these orders have been ignored, offenders have been given hefty prison sentences for doing so.
Issued 13 June, 2018
Update: 28 September 2018 - Use of Domestic Violence Protection Orders
West Devon Police continue to be a leading area in the Force in the use of Domestic Violence Protection Orders. The use of these orders affords victims a period of respite from potential domestic violence in their homes and time to make alternative arrangements or secure more permanent Orders to protect themselves.
On 270918 a male was arrested for Brach of a Non-Molestation Order that had been granted while a DVPO was in place. He was charged and held in custody to appear before the court the following day. These orders are intended to send a strong message to perpetrators that thier behaviour will not be tolerated.
Update: 20 June 2018 - New DVPO granted at Court
This week (18/6 - 20/6) two further DVPO's have been granted in the West Devon area to safeguard two victims of Domestic Violence
Actioned 28 September, 2018
Diverting Offenders from the path of crime
West Devon Police recognise that dealing with offending behaviour is not all about punishment.
Many people who commit crime do so because they have issues with drugs, alcohol, poverty and mental health or a combination of these. They are often in a place where they don't know how to or don't have the means to change even if they want to.
Initially as part of a pilot project Diversion Support was brought to West Devon using a Police Community Support Officer based in Torridge. This officer is now based in West Devon and works closely with partners to provide support for people to break the circle of offending behaviour by helping them to get housing, attend appointments for drug & alcohol services or medical treatment.
Issued 13 June, 2018
Thefts from Motor Vehicles
Since April this year there has been an increase in thefts from unattended motor vehicles, particularly in isolated car parks within Dartmoor National Park. This has coincided with the improved weather and increased activity by walkers in the Dartmoor National Park. As a result the neighbourhood team and response officers have been conducting high-visibility patrols and undercover patrols to vulnerable locations, handing out leaflets, offering advice to walkers and attempting to identify suspicious activity. There has also been a press and social media campaign to highlight the issue to locals and tourists. Dartmoor rangers are also aware and banners have been placed at some locations to warn motorists.
Issued 25 May, 2018
Update: 28 September 2018 - Change in MO
After a quieter period during the summer months there has been another blip in crimes - this time where commercial vans have been targetted - this apppears to be linked with a trend of similar offences accross the whole force.
If you have a commercial vehicle left on the road overnight please consider removing all your tools at night or fitting extra security on doors.
Update: 08 September 2018 - September 8th 2018
After the early spate of thefts the summer months saw a reduction in numbers of theft from vehicles we are now seeing an increase and have started to increase our patrols of the areas of most concern this will continue over the Autumn.
Update: 14 August 2018 - Op Moorwatch 14th June 2018
On Thursday 14th June E Section West Devon Response section deployed three units to locations in our area, vulnerable to thefts from motor vehicles, consisting of a marked vehicle and two plain vehicles.
Over 300 miles were covered by the three units. There were no arrests or stop checks made as the grounds or intelligence didn’t arise on the day, however, the team handed out 55 in car notices and advice to vehicle owners. It was still surprising how many motorists are still leaving personal belongings on show in their vehicles.
Update: 14 August 2018 - 25th May 2018
We have been visiting beauty spots particularly around beauty spots on and near the moors to educate around this issue leaving leaflets with vehicles and also distributing banners to highlight the problem to ensure opportunities are limited for criminal activity.
Please call us if you see anything suspicious. and please keep your valuables with you. If you place items in the boot when you arrive at a car park please ensure nobody is watching.
Update: 14 August 2018 - No more crimes!
We are very pleased to be able to report that there have been no more thefts since the middle of May, however patrols will continue and we urge people not to leave any items of value in their vehicles when parked unattended.
Actioned 28 September, 2018
Safeguarding Vulnerable Young People
It has been identified that our greatest collection of vulnerability is within our young community.
The exploitation of young people across the UK can occur in any community, both rural or urban. This ranges from sexting, on-line activity and child sexual exploitation.
Children are also more vulnerable to being drawn into committing crime and experimenting with substances including alcohol and drugs, which can cause harm to them and to others.
In order to assist in the detection and prevention of this, officers offer education for young people and are available to give education of CEOPs talks to young people in schools.
We also work together with our partners to deter children from getting involved crime and anti-social behaviour, safeguard them from harm and provide diversion activities.
More information about these issues can be found on the link below:
Issued 22 September, 2017
Update: 28 September 2018 - Okehampton College Drop-in - Half termly for Pupils
In the New school year Okehampton Neighbourhood Team will be starting a new half-termly drop-in for pupils at Okehampton College - dates and times to be confirmed.
Update: 28 September 2018 - Drop in Service for Parents - Okehampton
PCSO Lisa Smith in currently making arrangements to set up a drop-in for parents within a local business premises in Okehampton. More info to follow soon.
Update: 13 June 2018 - Connecting with our partners to safeguard young people
Officers at Okehampton meet with staff at Okehampton Community College for regular safeguarding meetings to discuss issues such as Child Sexual Exploitation, Sexting, Drugs, DV and ASB. We also discuss individuals who may be at risk of harm to find solutions to support them or their families to reduce the risk.
Officers regularly patrol at the start and end of the day at Okehampton and Tavistock College gates where young people can chat to them freely.
PCSO Kevin Williams holds a fortnightly drop-in at Tavistock Community College where staff or children can speak to him about anything.
PCSO Marcus Jarvis and PCSO Raquel Rowe will be starting a similar drop in at Okehampton Police Station in the new school year.
PC Nadine Wilson is our contact in the Okehampton area for the rural Primary Schools in relation to safeguarding
Actioned 28 September, 2018