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  • MP URGES CONSTITUENTS TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON POTENTIAL POLICE FORCE MERGER

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is urging his constituents to take part in a survey seeking views on a potential merger between Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police. The two forces have been working closely since 2015 through a strategic alliance which has seen them collaborate on areas such as road policing, firearms, armed response vehicles and dog units. Support functions such as finance, human resources and IT also form part of the alliance, reducing administrative costs.

    Proponents of a potential merger argue that such a move would cut out unnecessary duplication, reduce administrative costs further and cut down on the number of chief officers and Police and Crime Commissioners, all of which would leave greater funding available for neighbourhood policing. In a joint statement Chief Constables Shaun Sawyer (Devon and Cornwall) and James Vaughan (Dorset) described the merger as “the right thing to do”. Mr Stride said:

    “Details of a potential merger between the two forces can be found at www.futurepolicing.co.uk/proposal and a survey where residents can give their views is open until 27th August. This would be a major change going well beyond the current collaboration and while there certainly appear to be significant benefits to such a move it is essential residents have the opportunity to have their say.”

    A full business case will be presented to the Home Office in October with a decision in principle expected by the end of the year. If approval is given the proposal will go to Parliament. Full permission to merge will need to be obtained by the beginning of November 2019 and come into effect in May 2020.







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