New top cop for South Devon is one of youngest to achieve rank
A new Superintendent has been appointed to lead the local policing teams across South Devon.
At 38, Claire Armes is one of the youngest women in Devon and Cornwall Police to secure a position as Superintendent.
She first joined the Force as a Special Constable sixteen years ago, assisting response officers in Torbay.
The following year, she secured the role as a Police Constable, working on the beat in Brixham.
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Supt Armes worked her way up from a PC to a sergeant in Torquay, to inspector, to chief inspector of custody and is now returning to South Devon to take up her post.
She said she was looking forward to the new challenge.
“The aim for South Devon is to deliver the best possible police service to our communities,” she said.
“To do this we need to know if we are getting it right, how we can improve and understand clearly the public’s expectations of us.
“This can only be achieved through communication and feedback”.
Supt Armes has worked in many frontline posts across all areas of Devon and Cornwall and also out of force, recently returning from policing work in Northern Ireland at the G8 Summit.
Whilst Claire was born out of the area, she considers herself a local girl, having lived in the area since she was 11. She attended Cuthbert Mayne School, Torquay Girls Grammar School then The College of St Mark and St John, Plymouth where she achieved a BA (Hons) degree in Social Science and Theology 2:1.
She is a member of the British Association of Women in Policing and is currently one of 24 women from across the country taking part in a Releasing Potential Programme run by the College of Policing.
In her private time, she is the Chairman of the Stoodley Parents Association and a member of the Stoodley Advisory Body. She lives in South Devon with her husband who is a front line police officer and young daughter.