By Peter Tremayne
Devon and Cornwall police have been put into special measures. The force becomes one of several now under investigation by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS.)
There are few details at the moment but confirmation has come from Plymouth MP Luke Pollard.
“This is incredibly concerning news,” he said. “We must have confidence in our police.
“I’ve written to the chief constable and the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner to seek a meeting to hear how our police force will be put back on track.”
The watchdog found three areas in which improvements must be made; response to emergency calls, recording of crime and management of registered sex and violent offenders.
Devon and Cornwall police is also known to be bracing itself for severe criticism of its handling of events leading up to the shooting of six people at Keyham, Plymouth, last year.
The force is under multiple investigations for the way it granted a firearms licence to a man known to have severe mental health problems.
Other forces in special measures are Wiltshire, the Met, Greater Manchester, Staffordshire, Gloucestershire and Cleveland.