The public does not often meet the area's top police officers, or find out about the important work they do. To make North Devon more familiar with its most senior officer Journal reporter Will Topps met Superintendent Michele Slevin.
SUPERINTENDENT Michele Slevin wanted to be a police officer from the age of 12, but she didn't think she would have the opportunity to become one in the South West, the area where she grew up.
After going to school in Newquay and college in St Austell, she had a range of odd jobs before applying for the police at the age of 18.
"I was desperately interested in horseriding, skiing and running," she said.
"I was determined to work for a police force that had horses and applied for just about all of them.
"At the time Devon and Cornwall didn't have horses and I'd been told they weren't accepting recruits, so I didn't apply."
Michele did not have too much luck with other forces, as policy at the time was to recruit locals, so she applied for Devon and Cornwall as a special constable.
But recruiters swapped the form she used for a full time application form and Michele was off to training college, and eventually ended up In Ilfracombe as a sergeant in 1994, via stints in Paignton, Newquay and Redruth.
"I really enjoyed being in North Devon," she said.
"It was the same then as it is now. In North Devon there's a real team spirit. Everyone knows each other and it's not like working in a big city.
"That helps me now as head of the area. I don't have to work too hard bringing people together."
In 1999, Michele went off to work on the National Crime Squad and Plymouth's major crime investigation team and eventually became a detective superintendent overseeing high profile cases, including the prosecution of William Goad, who was jailed for life for historic sex offences and is believed to have abused up to 3,500 boys.
Now as superintendent for North and West Devon, Michele is able to draw on her vast experience.
"It gives me an insight into the impact crime and anti-social behaviour has on victims and the wider community," she said.