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Devon and Cornwall Police welcomes new Assistant Chief Constable

Devon and Cornwall Police welcomed a new Assistant Chief Constable this week.

Deputy Chief Constable Dave Thorne is no stranger to the force, having joined Devon & Cornwall Police in 1999 where he spent the next 21 years before being appointed Deputy Chief Constable for South Wales in June 2020.

Dave will be responsible for crime, justice and vulnerability and is passionate about tackling and reducing crime and working with partners and the public to deliver better outcomes for victims and communities.

Dave’s early career consisted primarily of public protection and major crime detective positions before being accredited to investigate homicides. He later took on uniformed command roles, including Plymouth Commander where he worked to solve the challenges of policing a large urban area. He is an experienced Strategic Firearms Commander and is also an Accredited Counter Terrorism Commander.

After gaining wide operational experience in a variety of uniform and detective roles, he spent time as a temporary Assistant Chief Constable with Devon and Cornwall Police before joining South Wales Police.

Father-of-five Dave first qualified as a teacher in 1993, teaching physics and outdoor education in the UK and abroad. He has also worked as a mountain guide and kayak instructor and is an avid mountain biker.

ACC Dave Thorne said of his appointment: “I am delighted to be rejoining Devon and Cornwall Police after almost three years with South Wales Police. I am looking forward to working in a place where I have strong personal roots having previously lived and worked in Devon and Cornwall for 21 years.

“I have enjoyed and learned a lot from my time in South Wales, but I feel extremely honored to be returning to work for my home force as Deputy Chief Constable for Crime, Justice and Vulnerability.

“I look forward to working with the many friends and colleagues I already know and I look forward to working with many new members of the Devon and Cornwall Police family.

“While the Force faces many changes and challenges, there are also opportunities to maximize them and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting down to business.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead, support and learn from my new (and old) colleagues in keeping the communities of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly safe.”

Chief Constable Will Kerr said: “I am delighted to welcome ACC Dave Thorn to the team. He brings a wealth of experience to his role and will be a significant asset to the Force as we continue to ensure that Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly remain one of the safest places to live and visit in the country.

“I look forward to working with him as we continue to build and improve the services we provide to our communities.”

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