PCC discusses Exmouth Police Station future and firearms

PUBLISHED: 12:30 12 July 2017

Police and Crime Commisioner Alison Hernandez

Police and Crime Commisioner Alison Hernandez

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The future of Exmouth Police Station is secure, but other locations for a police presence in the town could be considered, Devon and Cornwall’s policing czar has said.

Police and Crime Commisioner Alison Hernandez attended a meeting held at Exmouth Community College where she answered questions from members of the public.

When asked whether, with the Exmouth Police Station front desk closed, police could consider using the former Post Office in the Magnolia Centre, Ms Hernandez said: “I would be more than happy to look at opportunities in the community. Where we have had front desk closures we have often moved neighbourhood teams into town centre areas.

“What the plans are for Exmouth are the station stays there, we have just put a modern slavery unit in there which secures the station still being there as a presence.”

When asked by district councillor Jill Elson if previous proposals to move the police station to Liverton Business Park, with a town centre office, could be revived, Ms Hernandez said they could be looked at again.

During a wide-ranging meeting, Ms Hernandez was also challenged about comments she had made during a BBC radio interview, widely reported as having suggested gun owners could help respond to terror attacks.

She denied that was the meaning of her comments, following which the deputy chief constable Paul Netherton said ‘under no circumstances’ should the public respond to attacks by arming themselves, but she added: “I think we’re facing unprecedented times with terrorist attacks and the advice by police is to run, hide and tell, and I support that wholeheartedly, but in the event of an attack we have seen time and time again the public dive in to help.

“All I was saying is in a rural area what would happen if people did use their guns? I don’t know, it would probably need to be tested in court.

“I’m not condoning vigilantism or suggesting vigilantism. But I will listen to every public suggestion and if I don’t know the answer ask the chief constable for a formal view on it.”


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