New deputy chief constable appointed at Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall Police Assistant Chief Constable Jim Colwell has been appointed deputy chief constable of the force.

Jul 13, 2021
By Tony Thompson
DCC Jim Colwell

Mr Colwell succeeds Paul Netherton who recently retired after a 31-year career in policing.

Mr Colwell joined the force in 2001 and has remained there for his entire career. He will be the first deputy chief constable to have worked exclusively for the force.

Having worked across a number of functions within the force, including a stint as Devon BCU Commander, a senior detective and one of the force’s key investigating officers. he has extensive operational experience and is widely respected for his investigative skills.

Since becoming assistant chief constable, he has had responsibility for the vulnerability and crime portfolio incorporating vulnerability, criminal justice and custody, intelligence, public protection, covert authorities, major crime investigation and serious organised crime.

He also leads the force race portfolio has taken a proactive interest in issues such as equality, diversity, and inclusion, which he seeks to improve by engaging with local communities and being involved in the development of polices in the force.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: “I am pleased to announce Jim as deputy chief constable. His considerable career experience makes him an asset to the executive team. As a strategic and measured member of the executive Jim has the key skills and qualities to be a highly successfully deputy chief constable and I look forward to working closely beside him.

Mr Colwell said: “I am proud to accept the position of deputy chief constable and I will endeavour to continue serving the communities of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in line with our policing vision and mission. Having been involved in the policing of the area for over 20 years, I am passionate about making a difference in this region which is very much home for myself and my family.”


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