After discussing with people throughout the region their concerns about policing he commented, “There is a clear need to restore effective local-based policing, focused on crime risks that are changing rapidly and that vary from place to place. I am determined to modernise the police workforce and introduce new technology to ensure an ongoing visible presence, and provide the skills to address the complex challenges of today’s and tomorrow’s crime. Domestic abuse, sexual and other violent crimes, child sexual exploitation and rapidly increasing and worrying internet based crime are doing so much harm to our society. The most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society must get their fair share of policing."
Commodore Gareth Derrick is a former naval officer whose appointment in command of the Royal Naval and Royal Marines Reserves completed in 2013. He has deployed on operational tours in submarines and on land in both the 1991 and 2003 Iraq wars. Graduating with a Master’s degree in International Relations at Cambridge University in 2004, he served as a diplomat in the British Embassy Tokyo from 2007 – 2010, where he worked with UK and Japanese Ministers to secure high-level security co-operation between the two countries.
Committed to bringing Labour values to the role of Police Commissioner as in his military career, he emphasises the need for fairness, honesty and teamwork in the strategic leadership of policing. His priorities are to continue the fight for proper funding, to restore effective local policing, and to ensure that the Police and his own staff are truly engaged with the people of Devon and Cornwall, and the Isles of Scilly.