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Decision not to submit the proposed merger business case to the Home Office

Joint statement from Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer and Chief Constable James Vaughan

Following the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel meeting on Friday 5 October, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Alison Hernandez (Devon & Cornwall) has decided that she does not support the submission of the proposed merger full business case to the Home Office.

We have already publically expressed our support for the case, as did PCC Martyn Underhill (Dorset), however we cannot progress without the approval of all four corporation soles.

We are disappointed about the final decision not to progress further with the proposal to create a new force incorporating Cornwall, Devon and Dorset, but we respect the decision of PCC Alison Hernandez. However this is not the end of our strategic alliance and we will continue to work closely together.

We have been united in a successful strategic alliance since 2015 with 22 departments now shared by the two forces.

We remain committed to collaborative working and exploring opportunities to continue to improve our service delivery to all communities.

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Devon & Cornwall Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer

Devon & Cornwall Police

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Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

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Dorset Chief Constable James Vaughan

Dorset Police

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Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset

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