New commander appointed for South Devon

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A new Commander has been appointed for South Devon, Superintendent Jacqui Hawley has twenty-four years policing experience with Devon & Cornwall, including operational policing, strategic partnerships and organisational change.

She says “The inter-relationship between the police and the community is the bedrock of my policing approach and I seek to encourage communities to understand the key policing issues that we need to focus upon, working together to keep our communities safe from harm.”

Supt Hawley will manage 400 officers and police staff, supported by a team of 15 inspectors and two chief  inspectors across South Devon which includes  Torbay, Teignbridge and South Hams.

Supt Hawley graduation from Surrey University and then began her career as a patrol constable in Honiton , before undertaking specialist roles. After only three years service she was recruited into CID, an uncommon practice for someone so new to policing, but she was recruited on her merit and after proving her worth.  She has worked both regionally and nationally, setting standards in policing and driving cultural change.

Notable achievements include leading the introduction of the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) across Devon and Cornwall, in collaboration with partner agencies. She recognised the potential of the CAF as a vital tool to share information about young people at risk of offending; as a key mechanism for diverting them into more positive activities.  As a result of her innovation and drive, Devon and Cornwall Police was one of the first forces in the UK to bring this into their police practice. This led her to work with the Association of Chief Police Officers to develop national guidance and a cultural change in the role of policing within early intervention and prevention of youth crime.

More recently, Supt Hawley has worked directly for the Chief Constables office leading organisational change and workforce planning; and as strategic partnerships superintendent across Devon. She has been working in collaboration with emergency services and other public bodies to enhance joint service delivery across a number of business areas such as mental health, drugs and alcohols, early help, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Supt Hawley is renowned for her fair and frank approach, and her resilience in getting problems resolved. She is also known for her determination in challenging difficult situations.

She looks to build upon the excellent work of her predecessors and the strong partnerships that exist across South Devon. Her key priorities include the welfare of her staff, safeguarding those most vulnerable in the community, working across partnerships to adapt and flex in a way that enables services to effectively manage future demand and supporting communities to stay safe.

Supt Hawley will manage 400 officers and police staff, supported by a team of 15 inspectors and two chief  inspectors.

She said “I am extremely proud to be leading such professional and dedicated teams. We must never underestimate the hard work and resilience that goes into retaining the low crime rates that South Devon affords, compared to the rest of the UK”.

You can follow Supt Hawley on Twitter @SuptJHawley

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