08 JUL 2011

Chief Constable Stephen Otter

I had a meeting with Stephen Otter Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon remains among the safest places to live in the country and confirmed by figures recently published by the Home Office.

Recorded crime in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly fell by 6% in the year up to March 2011, compared to the previous year. The Force area has the third lowest crime rate in the country.

Burglary fell by 8% in the 12 month period while offences against vehicles dropped by a substantial 15%; criminal damage decreased by 14% and other theft offences were down by 4%.

But the police have had a challenging couple of months with radical changes to the way that response teams operate and it was helpful to be able to discuss residents' concerns and I am pleased to hear that the Chief Constable will be visiting Dartmouth and reviewing the impact of changes on a regular basis.

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