Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall Police is the territorial police force responsible for policing the ceremonial counties of Devon and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We serve 1.77 million people over an area of 3,967 square miles or 10,270 square kilometres. Across the force area we work tirelessly with all our partners to prevent suicide and strive to keep our communities safe and free from harm.

How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?

Our primary responsibility is to gather evidence on behalf of the Coroner. This means we are well placed to share up to date appropriate information with our partners. We can then work with our partners and communities to understand the challenges so we can protect the vulnerable and help those in crisis. We are part of the collaborative Real Time Suicide Surveillance Groups that are lead by Public Health.

What are your current priorities?

Appropriate, sensitive, ethical and legal sharing of information to support referrals to bereavement services.

Improving safety planning and real time information sharing to reduce risks for those in crisis.

Improving understanding, knowledge, services and processes for suicide prevention within the organisation and our communities.

What challenges are you currently facing?

Devon and Cornwall Police have a Mental Health and Suicide Prevention team who constantly review the risk and challenges. We look forward to working together with the alliance to share learning and support each other.