Recent media releases by the Chief Constable and PCC, Alison Hernandez

Dear Susie and the Torquay Chamber of Commerce,

I write to you following recent media releases by the Chief Constable and PCC, Alison Hernandez to ensure that as significant partners to Devon & Cornwall Police you are appropriately briefed on these matters and have a future point of contact through your Sector Inspector for enquiries.

The Chief Constable has welcomed the £24million funding made available by the Police & Crime Commissioner, which will enable the Force to increase the number of police officers on the streets over the next four years. The demands on policing are changing and as we face threats from organised crime and terrorism, we must ensure that we maintain and improve our capability to deal with these threats.

We are also facing new and emerging threats from international cyber-crime and complex issues such as child sexual exploitation and modern slavery.

As a Force we are therefore, looking to develop our staff to meet these threats and protect the vulnerable. We pride ourselves upon the local policing style and a team approach to keeping people safe. We are committed to maintain these core elements within local policing and to improve the connection with our communities both digitally and through our traditional methods, but we must invest in other areas to meet changing demands on our 24/7 service. You will be aware that the frontline has become very stretched over the past years of austerity, but at the same time the demands have continued to increase, along with the complexity of police investigations to secure prosecutions. On top of this we need to increase specialist capabilities such as firearms officers and public order trained officers to meet the local, national and international threats.

The redesign and reprioritisation of our workforce will require us to move some staff from existing roles, specifically PCSO’s, with a direction of travel to reduce current numbers to around 150 PCSO’s across the Force over the next 4 years. As a Local Policing Commander I realise how significant a decision this will be for you and I will ensure that we continue to engage with you as this transition evolves. I will be closely involved in the redesign and provide local policing oversight across South Devon and Torbay. Through the Sector Inspectors I will keep you sighted and we will work together to define our future connectivity and delivery plans for local policing.

In the interim I provide you with access to the Chief Constable’s and PCC’s media videos so that you can share with colleagues and community members as you see fit.

Police & Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez:,-resilient-and-connected-communities-–-the-police-and-crime-plan-for-devon,-cornwall-and-the-isles-of-scilly-2017-2020/

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer:

Kind regards

Jacqueline Hawley


Creative, Marketing & Digital Agency Bigwave media has opened an office in Torquay.

The Exeter based agency, formed over 10 years ago, has identified that the area has a very vibrant and positive buzz about it.

Head of Marketing & Creative Services, Ronnie Halden explained: “A few of our staff, including myself, live in and around the Bay and we have all noticed a shift up in gear on the business and commercial front. We have been members of the Torbay Business Forum for two years and under the chairmanship of Tim Godfrey have seen it go from strength to strength and we think the same will apply to the Torquay Chamber led by the industrious Susie Colley. Bigwave already works with a number of clients in the area including Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts and we believe a physical presence will help us expand on that number.

“The Training Partnership Ltd. have been supplying us with a stream of talented workplace European students over the last two years and in October we will take on a digital apprentice through the South Devon College Apprenticeship scheme – so all in all it felt the right time to open an office here.”

Contact Ronnie Halden on 01803 266380


Samantha Triffitt, co-founder of Torquay-based branded clothing business Clothing Your Way, has made the final 12 of the Business Mother Of The Year category in the 2016 Devon Venus Awards to be held at The Great Hall, University of Exeter on Friday November 18th.

Being one of only two businesses from the Torbay area to reach the final 12 in her category, Sam is hoping her nomination for the award will boost the profile of businesswomen in and around the area. Campaigning with friend and fellow nominee, Lynette Dare from illustrators and designers, Flossy & Jim, Sam and Lynette have made it their mission to represent the businesswomen of Torbay.

Now in its fourth year, the 2016 Devon Venus Awards will showcase women in business from all over Devon, across 13 categories. Affectionately known as the Working Women’s Oscars, the event stands to recognise the needs of local businesswomen and celebrates their vital contribution to the regional economy.

Samantha Triffitt, said: “It’s exciting and I’m really proud to have made it to the final 12 that goes to the public vote. Whoever wins, Lynette and I are determined to raise the profile of business, and women in business, around the bay area and the Venus awards are the perfect platform to do it”.

Both nominees will be appearing on Riviera FM on Monday 26th September to talk about the awards, while actively promoting and campaigning across social media, ahead of the public vote that will decide the winner.

Clothing Your Way also marked their first year in business by recently launching their new website and winning the ‘Best New Business’ category at the 2016 Torbay Social Media Awards.

For more information on the Devon Venus Awards 2016, please visit:


“Affiliation with Devon Chamber of Commerce

As an Affiliate member of Devon Chamber of Commerce, Torquay Chamber of Commerce will now benefit from links with the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) network.
In addition, Devon Chamber has access to senior Government ministers.
Like us, Devon Chamber is firmly committed to fostering a positive economic outlook in the South West, where local companies can grow through their own efforts and on the back of economic development projects.
A strong business community is vital in securing economic growth, and by Affiliation we will have a wider range of businesses to connect with, the expertise of Devon Chamber and be able to expand our reach and influence.
Affiliation will also allow us to gain direct access to benefits which are normally only available to Devon Chamber members—which has to be a good thing given the cost and resources needed. They have many programmes and events ( which will provide countless networking opportunities, offering great value for us.

What does this mean to you as a member of Torquay Chamber of Commerce in 2016 ?

  • The opportunity for your business to demonstrate and get recognition for the wider contribution you make to your Town
  • Raise awareness and understanding of the help and support available, which could benefit you, your employees and their families
  • Engaging your employees, developing their skills, boosting morale and increasing retention and loyalty
  • Raise awareness and understanding of local community issues and challenges. Offer support to local communities in delivering aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility, if appropriate to the size of the businessPositive brand image with raised visibility in the community”