Police officers

Mental health of police officers improved thanks to surfing programme’s ‘unique approach’ 

Surfing helps improve police officers’ wellbeing and mental health, according to research from the University of Exeter Business School.

A research team evaluated the effectiveness of Surfwell, a health intervention programme spearheaded by Devon and Cornwall police that combines surfing with a programme of peer support and group therapy.

Around one in five police officers...

New video link will enable police officers to give evidence without attending court

Devon and Cornwall Police is leading the way with new technology, which will allow police officers to give evidence without attending court.

The Force is introducing Live Links, which enables officers to provide testimony over a secure video link to any court in the country without leaving the station.

The new technology, which will save valuable police hours and money, is...

Devon and Cornwall Police take DNA samples from 19 children every week

Devon and Cornwall Police take DNA samples from 19 children every week, figures obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform reveal today (20 May 2013).

New research by the charity has found that Devon and Cornwall officers took swabs from 1,009 boys and girls aged 17 or under during 2011.

They included 18 primary school-age children – five 10-year-olds and 13 11-year-olds...