Devon and Cornwall Police to join forces with Dorset Police

Monday, December 30, 2013
3:32 PM

Talks of the two forces collaborating were announced by the police and crime commissioner on Thursday.

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A NEW joint project team will see Devon and Cornwall Police collaborating with Dorset Police in a bid to fight budget cuts.

The two force areas announced on Thursday that they would be looking to see how they could ‘collaborate effective across all areas of policing’.

Tony Hogg, police and crime commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, said: “I have always said that collaboration is a key element to maintaining effective policing.

“There is a financial imperative to provide a continued policing service despite reducing funding, which means that we have to look at new ways to deliver our services.

“We are not content to see further reductions in the service we provide to our communities in order to make budget cuts and we share a desire to invest in our capability despite challenging budgets.”

Shaun Sawyer, chief constable of the force, said he understood some officers and staff would feel unsettled by the announcement but it was ‘the right thing to explore’.

He said: “We all have a duty to provide the very best service we can to our communities.

“The two forces share similar geography, history and values, with a mix of urban, rural and coastal communities.

“I believe that by working closely with our colleagues in Dorset, we have the opportunity to preserve the local policing that both our communities enjoy and demand.”

A number of key factors were involved in the decision making process, including budget reductions, sustaining neighbourhood policing and improving resilience.

This alliance is said to have no detrimental impact on the policing service delivered on the ground across the three counties.

It is thought that the initial scoping exercise will not begin until the New Year and is expected to take around six months to complete.

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