Today marks the 50th anniversary of the amalgamation of Devon and Cornwall Police which officially amalgamated on June 1st 1967.
On March 18th 1967 Home Secretary Roy Jenkins signed the ‘Devon and Cornwall Police (Amalgamation) Order 1967′ requiring the Cornwall Constabulary, Devon & Exeter Police and Plymouth City Police to make preparations for amalgamation.
This then resulted in the official formation of The Devon & Cornwall Constabulary on June 1st that year. On that day Lieutenant Colonel R.B. Greenwood (pictured), the Chief Constable of Devon & Exeter, was appointed Chief Constable of the amalgamated Force.
Fifty years on and today’s Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: “It is with immense pleasure that we would like to commemorate the Force’s 50th anniversary. It is important to remember the outstanding service given to our communities by so many men and women over the years. The anniversary represents a time to remember those in the past and today, who give their careers and even their lives, in the service of the public.
“Over the past 50 years, the Force and those who work within it, have developed to meet the changing demands and threats the country and the peninsula faces on a daily basis. Through this ever-changing landscape, the public can rely on the continuing professionalism and selflessness of their Police Force, as they did 50 years’ ago.
“It is thanks to those officers and staff, both past and present, that our Force remains high in public confidence. It is with hard work and dedication that makes Devon & Cornwall Police what it is, an organisation I am exceptionally proud to represent as Chief Constable. I hope the public and our partners will join us in celebrating our past 50 years, and look forward to working together into the future.”
Prevalent to the Force’s ethos is the motto that forms part of the crest, “In Auxilium Omnium” meaning “for the assistance of all”. This motto is as relevant today as it was when the crest was designed. The Force works as one team for the benefit of the communities and neighbourhoods across the counties, to safeguard and protect the vulnerable. This mission underpins the Force and is the motivation for what it does, day to day, to keep the public safe.
To celebrate this milestone the Force is holding a series of celebratory activity throughout June to recognise the excellent work that has taken place over the past 50 years. Numerous events will be held throughout the month of June which include historic foot patrols across our counties, Open Days, of which the public will be able to attend, and the burial of a 50-year time capsule to be unearthed in June 2067.
The public can follow our events on the Force’s social media platforms; follow us on Facebook at Devon and Cornwall Police, on Twitter: @DC_Police and on Instagram follow @DC_Police.999.
Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News