Police chief steps down

Devon and Cornwall chief constable Stephen Otter to become HM Inspector of Constabulary.

THE man in charge of Devon and Cornwall’s police force has stepped down from the position of chief constable.

Stephen Otter has been successful in his application for the role of Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, an independent police force assessor with HM Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Mr Otter, who joined the force in 2007, said: “I am extremely happy with the policing achievements in Devon and Cornwall during the past five years and I have been really encouraged by the dedication and commitment I have seen from officers and staff.

“I have been inspired and energised by people I have worked with every day over the past five years.”

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Chairman of Devon and Cornwall Police Authority, Mike Bull, said Mr Otter had led the force through “exceptional challenge and change”, both financially and culturally over the past five years.

He said: “He has taken the force from being an average performing force to one of the top in the country, and the latest performance figures speak for themselves.

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“A leaving date is yet to be agreed and we will announce the arrangements around the organisations leadership once this has been decided.”

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