Village of Dunsford, Devon

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Community Police






Dunsford falls under The Exminster & Rural Neighbourhood Team

The team includes

Officer Profile: Sgt Mark Ruston

I'm Sergeant Mark Ruston and I am the Neighbourhood Team Leader for Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Moretonhampstead, Buckfastleigh, Chudleigh, Teign Valley, Exminster and all the rural areas around these towns.

I have been a Police Officer for just over 18 years having served in Exeter, Newton Abbot, Contingency Planning at Middlemoor, Teignmouth and more recently Torbay. I've been a Sergeant for 10 years and it's now my pleasure to serve the communities of East and West Teignbridge. I currently have a small team of 5 Neighbourhood Beat Managers and 5 Police Community Support Officers. They are supported by our wider Police family such as Response, CID and the Safer Roads Support Unit.

One of our aims is to tackle local issues raised through our PACT (Partners and Communities Together) processes and other community forums.  By doing this I hope you will find my team visible in your community to help make the towns and Parishes safer and feel safer.

My team and I will make every effort to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime, detect and deter offenders and deal effectively with Anti Social Behaviour in your area. If you feel we are not doing this then tell us.

My team share a very close and effective working relationship with our partners in Teignbridge District Council as well as many other locally based agencies and groups. I am a firm believer that community policing is vital to our Force's success and as such we will continue to develop partnerships and initiatives with the aim of enabling the residents, businesses and visitors to my rural area to be safe and feel safe.

Officer Profile: PCSO Paul Tucker

I have been a PCSO for the area for the last 8 years and prior to that I worked in Chudleigh Police Station in the front office.  I will be out and about in your community so if you see me please feel free to say hello!

Officer Profile: PC Sharon Kerridge-Smith

I have been a police officer for 5 years.  Previous to this I worked as a civilian in the crime recording department. I have worked in both urban and rural communities in the South Devon area on response and as part of the local policing team. Prior to becoming your neighbourhood beat officer I was a response officer in Torquay.  Please feel free to contact me if there are any problems or questions. I will be out and about in the community so if you see me please come and say hello.

Emergency call 999                Non-emergency call 101

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