Cornwall County Police Headquarters – opening ceremony

February 8th, 2019 by

On Monday 28 January 2019 the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall officially opened Bodmin police station as police headquarters for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

Around 50 former police officers joined Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, PCC Alison Hernandez, Cornwall Commander Chief Superintendent Jim Pearce and members of the public and politicians to watch a plaque being unveiled to commemorate the opening.



The dedication comes ahead of a £13m investment in the police estate in Cornwall, funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and will significantly improve facilities for staff and members of the public and see the creation of a substantial new custody facility.

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The Time Credits

January 30th, 2019 by

The Time Credits programme is commissioned by the Council and Community Safety Partnership and run by time-banking charity Tempo and is aimed at people with complex needs, including those with experience of homelessness; drugs and alcohol problems, domestic abuse and sexual violence.



BBC Radio Cornwall recently visited residents and volunteers at Cosgarne Hall who have been earning and spending Time Credits:

     “I’ve been [earning Time Credits ] doing beach cleans and litter in St Austell and it not only benefits us but also benefits everyone else in the community.” – John Fisher, Time Credit Member

     “There’ve been lots of times that I’ve seen shows advertised that I would’ve liked to go and see, and now, with Time Credits they are available and it is possible to go.”  – John Fisher, Time Credit Member

To hear the full story of how the Time Credits currency is helping individuals and services, listen to the BBC Radio Cornwall interview here


Cornwall Fire Takeover Radio Initiative

November 9th, 2018 by

Earlier this year Firefighters from Truro Community Fire Station hosted their own radio show “The Truro Fire Takeover’.

We are delighted to announce that Andrew, John & Jimbo will be returning this time representing the whole county. The show will broadcast across 3 radio stations, allowing us to cover more of the county!

The first show is taking place on Friday 9 November where they’ll be talking to Wadebridge Community Fire Station, this months ‘Station in the Spotlight’, discussing Home Fire Safety and not forgetting any games that Andrew has in the pipeline…!

We hope you can tune in on Friday 9th November from 8pm! All details on how you can listen and contact the show can be found via our Facebook page:


Collaboration and Interoperability demonstrated through innovative pilot project

November 8th, 2018 by

Over recent months WM Chris Wolstencroft form the Fire Prevention and Road Safety Team has been working closely with Sergeant Dave MacFaddon of Devon and Cornwall Police to deliver a number of collaborative projects and pilots in order to work towards the Fire and Rescue National Framework 2018:












Fire and rescue authorities must collaborate with other fire and rescue authorities to deliver intraoperability (between fire and rescue authorities) and interoperability (with other responders such as other emergency services, wider Category 1 and 2 responders and Local Resilience Forums)

Interoperability includes:

Effective inter-agency working and liaison and, where appropriate, information, intelligence and data sharing;

One pilot has been investigating the intelligence information and data that Devon and Cornwall Police hold within their systems that are relevant, is not already shared, and that can appropriately and legally be shared with Cornwall Fire Rescue and Community Safety Service (CFRCSS).

Subsequently a process to automatically deliver the details of logs holding relevant information has been devised. These logs can then be cross referenced and scrutinised by a suitably vetted and security cleared individual. This information has many benefits to CFRCSS including:

  • Sharing Operational Risk Intelligence through information not currently held that could improve the safety and efficiency of our emergency response. This includes details of Police licensed explosive storage.
  • Targeted educational prevention intervention, this information enables us to target our prevention and road safety education at groups that we know include individuals displaying or participating in high risk behaviour. This includes; fire setters; anti-social behaviour issues; road safety concerns; for individuals, community groups, schools and businesses.
  • Arson related incidents that the fire service has not attended; this information is not currently recorded for data analysis purposes by either service. In the future this will make the figures held relating to deliberate fires more accurate and it will be easier to identify patterns. This data from our pilot scheme will also be fed into the Office of Data Analytics to assist and test their development of an Arson Reduction App.
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable adults, information and consent for a multi-agency approach to keeping those people with an increased vulnerability to fire safe in our community. This includes people we would identify as high risk, individuals and groups who have been threatened with arson attacks, domestic violence and hate crime for which arson is a recognised form of attack.
  • Building relationships across services, the information leads to the identification of individuals and teams within Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service who we can work alongside to deliver a collaborative approach to prevention and intervention.
  • Early identification of issues related to existing memorandum of understandings, enabling us to offer clarification or re assess.
  • Suggestions for regional work streams.
  • Identification of concerns which would be protection related.

The Police are very good at using intelligence to guide their work and this is something which they can assist us to improve our intelligence base and enable the benefits above. As with anything new there are a number of limiting factors but by working collaboratively we can overcome them to ensure we work together to make Cornwall Safer.


Keep Safe From Drink Spiking:

November 7th, 2018 by

Here is a leaflet with advice about keeping yourself safe from drink spiking, or what to do if you think someone has done this to you or someone else:



  • Always keep an eye on your drink.
  • Be careful accepting drinks, especially from people you don’t know.
  • Watch your drink being served.
  • Ask staff at the bar if they have ‘spikeys’, which make your drink more safe. Consider keeping one with you.
  • If your drink tastes odd, or if you begin to feel really drunk after only a couple of drinks, get help from a trusted friend or a member of staff from the bar management.
  • Leave or stay away from situations or people that you don’t feel comfortable with.
  • If you become aware of an incident, report it to the Police quickly.
  • They will help you to get a drug test as soon as possible, within 12 hours, before the substance leaves your body. This is important evidence that will help them find who did it to you, and prevent it happening to other people.
  • Seek medical help as soon as possible if you have been injured or sexually assaulted. If you are reluctant to go straight to the Police, start by getting medical help, or phone the Cornwall Helpline (see below).
  • Remember that alcohol can affect your actions and reactions as well as reducing your ability to be alert.

Who to call for help:

If you are in danger, please dial 999 immediately or 101 in a non-emergency.

If you ring 999 but can’t talk, make sure the Police know you are there by coughing or tapping the handset, or by dialling 55.

Cornwall Sexual Violence Helpline:
0300 777 4777

More advice from the NHS:


ACT NOW for schools

September 28th, 2018 by

Penrice Academy have signed up to another input covering Counter Terrorism!

Using the Act Now programme, Cornwall’s Youth Intervention Officers are giving the students an opportunity to take on the roles of senior Counter Terrorism officers dealing with a series of events in the fictitious Sanford City.

ACT NOW for schools is designed to stimulate debate around the very sensitive subject of extremism and terrorism and is aimed at young people at Key Stage 4.

The students experience what its like to operate at a senior level, receiving briefings around intelligence of a potential Terrorist attack. Having limited time to discuss action plans, they then have to present their findings throughout and run a press release.

The whole lesson then results in a Police operation capturing the suspects and the process of court proceeding thereafter. All in a 75 min lesson!!

The students realise there is always something missing in the lesson, information! Useful intelligence that in real life, helps prevent terrorist attacks from being carried through.

If every young person in the UK had this input, they would be more likely to report suspicious activity in their lifetime thus, helping to preventing further attacks in our country!



Community Safety – 1365 Staff Trained

May 14th, 2018 by

Over the last 12 months staff from Community Safety & Fire and services, including Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence, Housing, ASB and Drug & Alcohol treatment staff have completed training to help them with their role with vulnerable people and community safety issues.

The following courses have delivered.

  • Alcohol Awareness and IBA: Identification and Brief Advice

Just over 400 front line staff have been trained overall for 2017/18.  This training has now been updated to incorporate more Motivational Interviewing principles.

  • 14 x Basic Drug Awareness courses

A total of 253 people have attended and completed the BDA course for 2017/18

  • 1 x Basic Drug & Alcohol Awareness – Isles of Scilly

This one-off course was arranged and delivered for the Isles of Scilly service staff (Health Centre, NHS Trust, Children’s Services Team, Police, St Mary’s Hospital and Age UK).  A total of 8 people attended and completed the course.

  • 1 x 2-day Blue Light Train the Trainer training

The Blue Light Project is Alcohol Concern’s national initiative to develop alternative approaches and care pathways for people who are dependent drinkers, who resist change and are a burden on public services.  National guidance has been developed and this course aims to help roll out that learning across Cornwall.

A total of 11 people attended and completed the Blue Light TTT out of a potential of 12.  This course will enable participants to run courses for others on working with change resistant drinkers.   Participants are expected to have the ability and willingness to deliver future training in Cornwall.  Plans are in place to deliver this training across the 10 identified Safer Towns for 2018-19.

  • 2 x 2-day Dual Diagnosis courses

This course was run specifically for mental health services and drug & alcohol service staff in Quarter 4 2017/18.  A total of 18 people attended and completed the 2 day Dual Diagnosis course

  • 16 x 2-day Mental Health First Aid courses

This nationally accredited course which can only take up to 16 people. A total of 214 people have attended and completed MHFA training for 2017/18.

  • 9 x General Motivational Interviewing courses

A total of 172 people have attended and completed the MI course for 2017/18.

  • 2 x 2-day Specialist Motivational Interviewing

This course was run specifically for drug and alcohol service staff.  A total of 36 people attended and completed the 2 day Specialist Motivational Interviewing course.  Both courses had full attendance

  • 2 x Update on Providing Substance Misuse Pharmacy Services

This is an annual update training event the DAAT deliver to all pharmacies.  Two events were arranged – 1 in Lanhydrock (held in Q2) and 1 in Redruth (held in Q3).  A total of 72 pharmacists/pharmacy staff attended and completed the training.

  • 14 x Young People’s Substance Awareness & Screening training

A total of 181 people attended and completed the YP Screening training for 2017/18.  This includes 2 sessions held specifically for GTY and YOS staff and 1 session for the service staff on the Isles of Scilly.



“Good at raising confidence with usable tools and case examples.”

“Helpful to get confidence working out alcohol unit levels and using AUDIT.”

“Applicable in helping clients to cut back their alcohol use.”

“Kim has great knowledge of the subject.  Delivered with passion”

“Well balanced approach to drug attitudes and approaches in todays society”

“Very informative and enjoyable day, thank you.  Delivered by a very knowledgeable and calm trainer”

“I felt that all the common misconceptions about drug users were covered in this session”

“Really fascinating and thought provoking…will improve my practice”

“Extra knowledge about the effects of drugs and relationship with Mental Health disorders.”

“New ideas and angles to begin to provide a service in complex areas”

“Really enjoyed the Personality Disorder work…really fascinating”

“Refreshing look at Dual Diagnosis”

“The best training I have had in a long time.  From basic to in depth material with links to bio-psycho-social interactions and real life stories”

“ The trainers knowledge and relaxed delivery made the training very accessible”

“Great course.  Now feel better equipped and knowledgeable about mental health”

“Trainer very engaging with everyone at the training.  Took time to listen and give advice.”

“Became more aware and understanding in my approach to service users”

“Hard work but instructive, entertaining and two days well spent”

A high percentage of the feedback received through the evaluation forms and through other sources is very positive.  This ranges from comments made about the trainers to the level of learning people have gained through attending these courses.  We have learnt through the feedback and the success of this training programme the gap within these services around substance awareness and engaging service users.  We hope to expand the training programme to cover other areas, such as, Blue Light training and Routine Inquiry into Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) training in 2018/19.


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Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services

May 14th, 2018 by

I am really pleased to be able to advise that the contract for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services has been awarded to First Light South West working in partnership with Barnardo’s.


The contract commences 1 July and holds potential to run for 7 years and will deliver against the following:

  • Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) Service
  • Family Domestic Abuse Prevention Programme
  • Recovery toolkits for children and adults impacted by domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • Therapeutic intervention for children and adults impacted by domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • DASV training
  • Healthy Relationships Programme
  • Offender programmes

This has been an ambitious procurement and First Light South West and Barnardo’s have been bold and visionary in their response giving the multi-agency evaluation panel confidence in their ability to deliver and opportunities for further exciting development.

A full communication strategy will follow.

I would like to thank First Light South West and Barnardo’s for their ambition and vision and wish them every success moving forward.


A campaign designed to raise awareness

April 9th, 2018 by

A campaign designed to raise awareness of the risks of using a mobile phone while driving will run for a fifth consecutive year on 10 May.

The My Red Thumb campaign, which encourages drivers to paint their thumbnail red as a reminder not to use a mobile while driving, was originally developed in the US.

The UK campaign, organised by Devon County Council’s road safety team, sets out to reach as many road users as possible through the use of social media, and deploys behavioural change techniques to encourage people to change their habits.

The organisers’ aim is for My Red Thumb Day 2018 to be a day with no road traffic collisions caused by drivers using their mobile phones.

The 2018 event, which uses the hashtag #MyRedThumb, will be underpinned by a Thunderclap campaign – a crowdspeaking platform that broadcasts a specific message onto social media.

The Thunderclap message, which will be published at 9.30am on 10 May, reads: “Save lives on the road today by supporting national My Red Thumb day! Thumbs up for mobiles down. Please share!”

To date, the 2018 Thunderclap has 52 supporters – including the Road Safety GB Twitter feed – equating to a social reach of 155,273 users.

The 2018 event will also see the release of a new video which features a doctor who works as part of the Devon Air Ambulance crew.

Further details about this year’s campaign, including a toolkit of campaign materials, can be found on the My Red Thumb website.


Truro Fire Takeover

March 30th, 2018 by

A personalised radio show hosted by firefighters Andrew, John and James (Jimbo), promoting greater awareness of home, road and community safety as well as discussion, music and features. Orange Watch at Truro Fire Station have developed a five week two hour radio show for CHBN radio (Community Hospital Broadcasting Network) starting on Friday 2nd March from 8pm to 10pm.

CHBN broadcasts on 100.8FM in Truro and the surrounding areas, the Royal Cornwall Hospital, West Cornwall Hospital, St Michaels Hospital, online via their website, the TuneIn app and iTunes radio as well as a listen again service on mix cloud.

People in the Truro area and hospital patients in other parts of Cornwall will be able to hear from the expert’s first-hand experience including:

  • Common fires and how to prevent them
  • Routines to stay safe
  • Detection and equipment
  • Carbon Monoxide
Safer Cornwall are a working partnership involving: