Devon and Cornwall Police have been discharged from the inspectorate following concerns about the way they manage sex and violent offenders.

The force was being scrutinised by His Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) in October 2022, following concerns about the way they manage: violent and sexual offenders, the ability to answer emergency and non-emergency calls and how crime is recorded.

HMICFRS recognised the force had made "clear and sustainable improvements the Force has made in MOSOVO including investment in the Force’s Public Protection Teams resulting in a significant reduction in the number of offenders managed by each officer and overdue visits. The Force has also invested in an uplift in staff and increased the number of supervisors to ensure workloads are managed in line with national guidance. Neighbourhood policing teams are also now attending visits which has helped to reduce caseloads and the risk assessment of offenders significantly."

Acting Chief Constable Jim Colwell said: “I am extremely proud of the hard work and resilience of my officers and staff across the organisation who accepted HMICFRS’s findings and have worked relentlessly over the last 18 months to resolve the management of violent and sexual offenders in our communities.

“Although we remain in the Engage phase for the other two areas identified and recognise there is still work to do, improvements continue at pace. We have and will continue to have an open and honest dialogue with HMICFRS accepting their findings in respect of the key areas identified and focussing our efforts on a structured and measured response that seeks to deliver sustained improvements for our communities.”